Choice: “Alice came to a fork in the road” – Vol. 24 (archive)

We dip into the archives this weekend to revisit the topic of Choice. This volume was originally published December 1, 2012 on RoS, though we did add a couple of images below. Have a wonderful weekend everyone, Jennie and Christy

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“This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of one who makes a choice
This is the sound of one voice…

This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us”

~ The Wailin’ Jennys, “One Voice“, on album 40 Days.

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Alternate Song: “The Beautiful Ones” by Mariah Carey (original by Prince, on album Purple Rain).

“Baby, baby, baby
What’s it gonna be?
Oh baby, baby, baby
Is it him or is it me?

Don’t make me waste my time
Don’t make me lose my mind, baby…”

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“It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat.
‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered.
‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

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“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” ~ Wendell Berry

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“A craven can be as brave as any man, when there is nothing to fear. And we all do our duty, when there is no cost to it. How easy it seems then, to walk the path of honor. Yet soon or late in every man’s life comes a day when it is not easy, a day when he must choose.” ~ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

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“It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.” ~ Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

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“Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now. “I’m afraid of committing myself,” she thought to herself. She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none. Even in that most important area of her life, love, she had failed to commit herself. After her first romantic disappointment, she had never again given herself entirely. She feared pain, loss, and separation. These things were inevitable on the path to love, and the only way of avoiding them was by deciding not to take that path at all. In order not to suffer, you had to renounce love. It was like putting out your own eyes not to see the bad things in life.” ~ Paulo Coelho, Brida

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“Crying is all right in its own way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.” ~ C.S. Lewis

 

Don't Look Back by Mary Engelbreit

Don’t Look Back by Mary Engelbreit

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“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.” ~ John SteinbeckEast of Eden

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“… And you have your choices
And these are what make man great
His ladder to the stars

But you are not alone in this
And you are not alone in this
As brothers we will stand and we’ll hold your hand
Hold your hand

And I will tell the night
Whisper, “Lose your sight”
But I can’t move the mountains for you”

Timshel” by Mumford & Sons available on Sigh No More (lyrics)

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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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;

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 marked 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 traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost from Mountain Interval

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