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;
-Robert Frost, "1. The Road Not Taken"

Like the traveler in Frost’s famous poem, we too are faced with a choice of paths in life. Elle Luna calls these the paths of Should and Must.

In waking each day, we get to choose between Should — doing what is expected, doing what we’re suppose to do — and Must — what our hearts are calling to do, what makes us smile.

And, each day, we must study and decide which path to take.

Factory-style school — everyone in a row, everyone do the same problems, everyone follow the same steps — and efficient forms of working with space-saving cubicles and neat organization charts teach us that Should matters. In doing Should, we’re contributing to the world. We’re playing our part in the orchestra. We’re a well-functioning cog.

I’m no cog. And neither are you.

We’re magicians.

So, as with Frost and as with Luna, we must choose between the two paths, not be told which to follow.

I choose to smile. I'm choosing Must.

(HT to Seth Godin)