1. “Sraight and narrow” keeps me out of the brambles and the bogs of life,Eric. I have painfully learned that “wide and happy” for me translate to “broad and sappy.”

    1. Yes, Granbee we need to learn from our experiences.

      My observation in this regards is > many don’t know how to get off the roundabout.

  2. Some prefers to hike (straight or winding and narrow route) while some prefers to drive up the wide and happy way. Both have a reason for their choice and what they choose to experience. God may have laid out both routes, perhaps in some way our choice decides our destiny….hhmmhh I wonder.

  3. the straight and narrow seems like a good path but it pales in comparison when up against the wide and happy.. =) i liked the sheer amount of acceptance that you have expressed…it is whatever path you are given…

    p.s. a little comment for your comments…ahem…breaking the rules again…”I think God was pleased with what she did โ€“ not because she returned to Him what He gave her, but because she finally took responsibility for her health.”

    i was all set to post out a little protestation about citing God as a reason to give up ice cream…but wiser you…i thank you…your last lines placated my divided feelings =)

    1. Instead of treading the path laid out before us – some insist on hacking a path through bramble.

      Ah yes, God is a convenient scapegoat for many things people do. “God wills it!” Really? I wonder…

  4. I am always travelling on these two roads, life asks me and i find answers, some times on the safer roads and sometimes its just so neccessary that we leave the comfort and get out and take that chance..
    You always come up with some of the most thought provoking quotes
    loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. You are so very right Soma.

      Our journey might be long or short but always filled with hops, skips and jumps – sometimes we land in puddles, sometimes on turf. Sometimes our hair gets dishevelled and sometimes it is such fun. Sometimes we get to even walk and of course, run…before the final shuffle and fall.

      Anything but dull…what a journey!

      All good wishes and much love for a friend, Eric ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Both play a vital role in our progress to a better life. Life often presents a healthy balance and all we have to do is to adapt and follow the still small voice; wherever He leads is the best way even when it appears to be the valley of the shadow of death! Thanks for another thought-provoking post, Eric! I’m glad to be back!

    1. Welcome back and always lovely to read your comments. I also love your most recent poem – Weightless.

      I agree that we face both joy and sorrow, balance, as you say. But some want to be holier than thou and indulge in mindless self-flogging.

      1. hehe, it’s hard to fathom why some would feel it necessary to bring themselves to self-injury or humiliation in the name of holiness. I will never understand it but whatever works for them, I guess ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the ‘like’. You know I’m always delighted to have you visit and appraise my work ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. As humans, we have some preconceived ideas about the โ€œstraight and narrow wayโ€, that perhaps entail pain, suffering, or self-sacrifice, while the โ€œwide wayโ€ is the “happy way”. But the ultimate acceptance of Godโ€™s will in one’s life and leaving the choice to Him is admirable, and certainly is โ€œthe right roadโ€ to follow.

    1. Very true Dee.

      His way, the way He had hacked out for us, is the Right Way – whether “straight and narrow”, “long and winding”, “uphill and downhill”, “strewn with flowers or flint”…or “wide and happy.” He decides, I follow.

    1. Thank you Sandy.

      I heard a woman (a self proclaimed expert on Scripture and God) declare that she is giving up ice cream ‘for the Lord’. Everyone knew she would kill for ice cream but decided that by giving up what she loved most – God will be pleased.

      I thought it was a great idea – especially since she was 65 and diabetic.

      It got me thinking though…As a kid, Mother would give me a candy to go with bitter medicine. Life can be harsh and God provides some small earthly pleasures to help us along. As long as we take it in moderation…

      I think God was pleased with what she did – not because she returned to Him what He gave her, but because she finally took responsibility for her health.

      1. Dear Sandy – I left a comment in your post 412 (it is probably sitting in your WP spam folder). Anyway, here it is:-

        Miss Shirley truly lived a good life.

        I know I would readily lay down my life for my children, as most parents would.

        I don’t know if I would consciously lay down my life for a friend – though in the heat of the moment, I might do something for a friend that might cost my life.

      2. Hi Eric ~ I agree that I would do the same thing for my children. . .friends are something else and it would have to be something extraordinary. But, stranger things have happened ~ When I grow up I want to be like my friend Shirley!

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