Haight-Ashbury street in San Francisco, CA. A crossroads which made an impact in the lives of many of us. The place of the beginning of a movement so powerful that this country was forever changed. Some feel for the better while still others felt it was for the worse.
It has often been said that all of us will reach a cross road in our life and once we do, we will be forced to choose a path. Some take the path of least resistance while others take the path least traveled.
The path of least resistance is the one that is the easiest to follow. The path with few or no obstacles to deter or discourage you. One that allows for you to coast on to the next chapter of life. Whether you are a professional, a skilled employee, a laborer or any walk of life that you have either chosen or were placed into by circumstance. This path will allow you many hours of leisure time. Time to just sit and relax. Watch TV. Listen to music. Go to movies. You get the picture. The final outcome after years of following the path of least resistance will likely be one of disappointment. Looking back on your life, you may be surprised to see that it was not so rewarding after all. A life filled with memories that may not be too pleasant to remember.
Now, let’s look at the path least traveled. This path is the one that few take. Others don’t want to walk this walk because it is filled with obstacles. It is the one that makes you stop, stumble, learn and continue to struggle. It is the one that is best suited for you and you alone.
It has been said that all of us possess a specific talent. Something that we are very good at, something will define you. The movie “City Slickers” brings to mind a quote from one of the more memorable scenes. It is the one where Jack Palance and Billy Crystal are riding alone looking for stray cattle. Billy is afraid of Jack due to his demeanor and his harsh ways. As they are riding along, Billy discovers that Jack is a man just like any other man. He chose to live the life of a lonely cowboy even though it was one of the hardest ways to make a living. Jack talked about a woman with whom he fell deeply in love with. But, unlike most of us who would pursue this relationship, Jack was happy just to see her. The highlight of the scene is when Jack says to Billy, “Just seeing the silhouette of her in front of the sun was the most he could expect.” Billy then says to Jack, “no, no. That is not supposed to be the way this ends.”
Jack turns to Billy and says, ” we all have one thing that makes us who we are and what we are. Just one thing.” Billy, puzzled, looks at Jack and askes, “what, what one thing?” Jack replies, “That’s for you to find out.” He then rides off ahead of the bewildered Billy.
The moral of this story is that we all have to chose our path in life. The path least traveled? The one that is more difficult but can lead to more rewards than you could have ever imagined? Or, the path of least resistance. The one that will give you ample free time. Time, that once gone, will come back to haunt you by you remembering what opportunities you may have missed out on.
Which path are you taking?