Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Road Not Taken

In my short time interacting with those impressed with Mary Kay and those infuriated by Mary Kay I have begun to feel that for all the myriad differences in experiences there is a common thread.

Everyone that has had the unique privilege or inimitable conflict of the Mary Kay experience has at one point (at least) stood at a place where "Two roads diverged in a wood..."

I believe that Robert Frost's unique perspective of the frustration that comes with being forced to make a decision and live with the fact that you may never have the opportunity to remake it bears relevance to the choices that many here have made.

There are surely crossroads that you have all stood at. "Do I join Mary Kay or not" is probably the first one! From there, you hit many, many more crossroads. "Do I add $100 to get to the next prize/commission level?" "Do I recruit?" "Do I present the Mary Kay opportunity as something different that what I have found it to be?"

The interesting thing (as Mr. Frost points out) is that most likely, you won't get the chance to re-make that decision. "Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back."

So, regardless of where you are on your MK journey, I recommend that you look at the two roads in front of you and decide where you want to go from here. Don't let the decisions you have made in the past cripple your journey.

See the whole article to enjoy (again or for the first time) Robert Frost's wonderful poem.

The Road Not Taken

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; 5

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, 10

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. 15

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. 20

Robert Frost


  1. David, I hate to admit it but I am not very informed as far as poets, but I found it to be deep and thought provoking. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. I love Robert Frost. He is one of my favorits. I didn't leave a comment because all I could really say is, "I love Robert Frost!" :)

  3. oops, I misspelled favorites.

  4. Ditto on the loving!

    Since I teach English as a Second Language, I've had plenty of opportunities to return to this wonderful poet/poem, but I've also seen it butchered in too many student papers. *sigh*

    Thanks to you, David, I will always carry it with me as a reminder to choose the right path every time I'm confronted with a choice in MK!


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