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Doing the Unexpected-from Roy Tennant

Posted by Editor on May 5, 2009

As often is the case, I enjoyed Roy’s post from May 4, 2009

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.
– fragment from “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost

We have many pitfalls in life. One of them is doing the expected simply because it is expected.

This post occurred to me while enjoying the evening light under an umbrella in the rain, 30 feet above the ground in my treehouse. We too often do things — or not do things — because of real or imagined expectations for our behavior. Perhaps it is because I have spent my life defying expectations that I dwell on this. I was a library assistant and a commercial whitewater river guide — both at the same time. I’m a 51-year-old man who builds treehouses — not for my kids, but for myself. I still run on the spur of the moment like a boy, or crawl under tables, or climb trees. I’m by no means alone — I even have a colleague who builds motorized muffins. I’m telling you, I can’t make this stuff up. There are some of us who refuse to accept social expectations as a prescription for behavior…Read entire post HERE.

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