Monday, July 18, 2016

Differently

Sometimes I wonder
what I would have done differently
given the chance.

It is hard to know:
Would I have stayed as a Japanese major
instead of coming home?
Would I have stayed with my first girlfriend
instead of saying "Let me try something else?"

Would I have gone back to school a second time?
No school, no Ravishing Mrs. TB,
no marriage, no children.

Would I have continued to teach instead of
doing what I do now?
No travel, no New Home, no writing,
no iai.

Hard to know are the paths not taken;
easy only to see all the mistakes looking back.

2 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

We are so rarely (if ever) afforded a glimpse of what-might-have-been. Regrets linger, but I take great comfort in this: "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way." (Psalm 37:23)

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

And ultimately I have to take refuge in that, Reverend. I am where I am because (ultimately) God worked in ways to get me here. Sometimes I think I need to focus on that more.