“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the path less traveled by – and that has made all the difference.”  – Robert Frost

Risks and Rewards Await
So, there I was looking at the car I just high centered on a rock like a teeter totter after I decided to take that road less traveled. I made a mental note not to mention this to the rental car company and then proceeded to get it unstuck. Yet, I was determined and followed another dirt road not traveled, and soon found the beautiful, isolated beach I was seeking, with seashells unlike any other.  And I was further rewarded by stunning flowering cactus all around me, and a kind old rancher wizened from the sun, with a bountiful smile and kind words that made the whole ordeal worthwhile.

As we consider a change in an unknown direction the idea isn’t to eliminate risk, but to reduce it to an acceptable level. And to believe that the challenges along the path that may deter others may reward you with unexpected benefits. In sum, seek out those with knowledge about your path. Research, question and debate the issues. Then proceed with acceptable caution with the expectation that you will have to adjust to changes as you go down the road less traveled…and believe that the prize awaits you – even one not anticipated.