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In Appreciation… of the Simple Pleasures of Life

By EMN Updated: Sep 11, 2016 12:07 am

Of Choices

That which we can make, between imagined options as in a.. “what would I do if …?” or as often has to be made at a virtual crossroad …. “ what do I do now” ……?

Choices may be complex, based on various influences and motivators. In preferences and selections … “Who do I vote for, what profession should I pursue..?”  usually involve cognition and instinct having larger ramifications…


Choices may be as simple as what to eat for lunch or what to wear today.

Irrelevant of either, complex or simple, I word my appreciation today (though not of a very simple form) of choices; appreciative more so, of the free will beside. Proffered to our very first fore bearers, of the fruit firmly forbidden, the ‘DO NOT EAT’ has since been forwarded down the line into a ‘to Obey or not to Obey’.

Many have stood as do I, at crossroads every passing minute – it’s the choices they made that I hold in admiration. Some subjects of my high regard –

Abraham – in unquestioned submission to sacrifice his son Isaac as asked of God

Noah – in building the Ark as instructed by God

Moses – in choosing to stand for his fellow Hebrews; and leading them out of Egypt as directed by the Lord

Ruth – in selecting  to stay back with her mother-in-law, Naomi

Joseph – in opting to follow God’s ways despite his circumstances and resisting the temptress in Potiphar’s wife

Daniel – his committed preference of being faithful in his worship of God and his determined reverence to kneel only before Him.


-stand stalwarts to a choice – their choice of absolute obedience to the father Almighty.  They walked ‘The Road ( hardly) Taken ‘ as written by Robert  Frost

The Road Not Taken

Two Roads diverged in a yellow wood

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

And looked down 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 travelled by,

And that made all the difference.

By EMN Updated: Sep 11, 2016 12:07:10 am
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