Recently, I was walking with my son through a store and a coloring book caught my eye. The book was an elaborate adult coloring book and under most situations I would have not given it a second thought. What made this one so special was the subject. The title on the cover read “The Road Not Taken.” I couldn’t help but open the book. Inside I found my favorite poem written by Robert Frost.
The text transported me back to high school and my amazing choir director, Gary Patterson. How blessed I was to have this amazing man guide me and teach me how to love choral music and the art of music making. My journey started with this poem. This incredible writing, now asking for color.
I bought the book and procrastinated in beginning to color. What was the proper way to start? I’m afraid I will mess this up. It took me some time to realize that the right way to color is the way my spirit guides me. This is my path, my way. Everyone else must choose their own road.
And so, we start with whatever color works for each of us. Some may utilize rich dark colors, while others paint in lighter hues. Careful decisions must be left to the discretion of the artist. We respect each person’s choices.
Today, I give thanks for the journey that calls me to notice colors that make my life richer and move vital. I also give thanks for teachers who changed the trajectory of my life. I can never express my appreciation for teaching me how to color with a passion that infused my soul. I am grateful for the joy that music continues to bring to me.
“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.” (Two Roads, Frost).