The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is one of my favorite poems. Fear can be a concrete barrier, miles high and unpassable. But to have the courage and make the choice that has an unknown outcome, well that is astounding. And as with all things hidden, I will fail sometimes. But I must look onward and climb or knock down the concrete wall in my way.
Failure is a bridge to success. I remind myself of this every day. I wanted the reminder so badly I had my own words tattooed on my skin. I won’t give up the journey I forged when I started my business, WjK ARTiSAN DESiGNS. I will travel on media highways to get more attention, to gain traffic that will return often. I will make contacts with store owners to build a retail relationship that will last. And I will look at new outlets to sell my art.
As Mr. Frost iterates in his words, “Yet knowing how way leads on to way…” my travels through life have been one moment touching another as my choices have consequences, just as the first domino falls until the last. Without pushing over the first domino how can I or anyone succeed? That’s why I catapulted over fear and jumped feet first into the deep end of the pool to start my business. I don’t know where the last domino will fall, but as they keep falling the speed with which they tumble gets faster and faster. With every choice, I’m hoping that my success will gain speed as well. I must be hopeful.
So, with fear as my constant companion, and not allowing it to overwhelm me with my daily reminder, I continue down the unknown road because my hope is greater than my fear.
“I took the one less traveled by…” to seek the success that I know I can achieve if I keep traveling down “The Road Not Taken.”
Wendi, this is a well-written blog expressing your courage. I agree that”Failure is a bridge to success.” Good luck in your endeavors.