Sunday, March 8, 2009

How do you know if you are at the end or the beginning ?

I know it's all about perspective...

So tell me: Am I at the beginning or end?

Am I landing or taking off?

Am I jumping up or down?

Am I eating or being eaten?

Am I blocking or being blocked?

Am I docking or lifting anchor?

I'm pretty sure I've taken the road less traveled so far.........

The Road Less Traveled
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 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 traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

And I used to be confident with the path I took. But now?

If it were only this clear (one road in and out)....

There's been a storm brewing for quite awhile now and I need to figure out which way to go.....

My family members are no help. You can see my dilemma, as I get the following advice from Rich:

"Roads start either in the East or South and end in either the West or the North, respectively. Other rules of thumb: Start Southeast; end Northwest; start Southwest; end Northeast."
Say what?

I was never very good at directions. I can't even seem to figure out these GPS systems. I miss what "the voice" is saying, and when I say, "huh?" there is no response.

Why don't those things have a replay button?

One thing I know for sure: I'd rather be skiing.

Okay. I supposes that daydreaming is not helpful. Rewind.

So, what to do? Hopefully, the most recent budget cuts for Louisiana Higher Education (announced at 15% this weekend) will help someone decide something that will have some definitive impact on me. Definitive would be good.

I hope that this is the final number, because if it is a political ploy and is adjusted downward as the legislative session rolls on, I will be furious looking back on what they put us through. I guess it won't matter at that point because I'll either have a job at LSU or not.

My real question is: Are these sorts of tsunamis a "sign" that I should be doing something else? What is life trying to tell me?


  1. So many of us out here are asking ourselves the same question.

  2. Who knows what is going to happen and how we will be impacted? I would rather BE the raging river than be in a little dingy in it; the captain rather than the craft that is piloted. I'm sure the answer is "surrender, you don't get to decide."

    This is my life's lesson I think, and I never quite "get it." So, I have to re-learn it over and over again.

    Thanks willow.



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