Midday Motivation – The Road Not Taken

Some have called Robert Frost America’s poet. Clearly, his 1915 Poem, The Road Not Taken, is among the top poems in American history. One hundred years later, it’s still used as a metaphor in ads and stirs the hearts of adventurers and dreamers.

It gained some notoriety in the past couple of years ago when poetry critic, David Orr, claimed we have all misinterpreted the poem. Whether you buy the classic reading or this noveau twist, it never fails to inspire.

Here’s the poem read by the poet.

Ray

Poem: Opportunity of a Forever

 

 

 

 

 

 

“THE OPPORTUNITY OF A FOREVER”

Never before in time and space
has this moment come about;
never shall it come again.
our lives are built on here and now.

Only fools would let this pass
without feeling what we feel.
Let us be calm and let us be bold;
face the fears before which we kneel.

If it’s our past that holds us back,
then let us create a new future.
One where joy fills our hearts
and these feelings of ours mature.

If it is failure we most fear
then let us be filled with trust.
Knowing within that nothing is lost
by honestly expressing our love.

Copyright Ray Davis 1994

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams. He is the author or the ebook The Power to Be You: Game-Changing Posidigms for Daily Life – a book of 416 original empowering quotes, thoughts, and affirmations.

You also may enjoy Love and Relationship Affirmations.

A Psalm of Life – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday January 30, 2008

longfellow.jpgHenry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on February 27, 1807 in Portland, Maine. His famous works include “Paul Revere’s Ride”, “The Song of Hiawatha”, “Evangeline”, and “Christmas Bells”.  Of course, his immortalization of Paul Revere is by far his most famous. What American school child in the last 130 years has not memorized:










Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April in seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year…

…One; if by land, And two; if by sea
And i on the opposite shore will be
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
To every middlesex village and farm
For the country folk to be up and arm.

Today, however, we feature another of Mr. Longfellow’s most stirring works. It’s a poem and and an affirmation all at the same time. The final stanza is often quoted as an affirmation, but the whole poem will light a fire under your mid winter Wednesday.

“A Psalm of Life”

What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist.

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!-
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.


Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.


Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.


Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled dreams are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.


In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!


Trust no future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act – act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!


Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;


Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.


Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and learn to wait.




Be peaceful Be prosperous!


Ray

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