“You never know if you don’t go.” Isn’t that the truth?
All animals roam. In herds, the tendency is to go the way of the crowd. Certainly, this has some benefits. Still, sometimes, you have to just “take the back streets” and explore. This is a skill I learned most from dogs and cats. I don’t know which species goes on little explorations more (since they are both always looking to find new and exciting trouble! LOL), but they each have taught me that wonderful skill.
Sometimes you just HAVE to get off the beaten path and find a new route. Animals have helped teach me to always be open to the “other” forks in the road, the little dirt path, or even the road that isn’t even there yet… Certainly, there have been some tough, rocky and unpleasant roads I have taken, but if I hadn’t taken those, thanks to my animals helping me to look that way, I would have missed out on the beautiful and amazing things that have come to me on the other side. The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost, said it best:
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. ”
Thanks to my dogs and cats for teaching me this lesson. It sure has been fun so far…:-)