Thoughts on Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Finding Balance Between Work and Leisure

For me, Robert Frost's famous poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" is about a common human pursuit of finding the right balance between work and leisure.  

People often try to find a balance between work and leisure because they want to achieve a sense of fulfillment in their lives. They understand that work is important for their financial stability and career growth, but they also recognize the importance of taking time off and engaging in leisure activities to recharge and relieve stress. I have always felt the need to evaluate the time I spend on growing myself professionally versus pursuing spiritual music which provides me immense pleasure. 

Finding the right balance can be challenging, as the demands of work and personal responsibilities can sometimes take up a lot of time and energy. Additionally, some people may feel a sense of guilt or pressure when taking time off for leisure, especially if they are high-achievers or work in demanding jobs.

Despite these challenges, many people still strive to find a balance between work and leisure because they believe it leads to a healthier and happier life. By setting aside time for leisure activities such as exercise, hobbies, and spending time with loved ones, people can boost their mood, reduce stress, and improve their overall well-being.

Ultimately, the balance between work and leisure is different for everyone, and what works for one person may not work for another. People may need to experiment and make adjustments to find the balance that works best for them. But the effort to find that balance is a common experience for many people, and it's a constant work in progress as their priorities and circumstances change over time.

Here is the beautiful poem: 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

- Robert Frost

I am often reminded of this poem because I go back with this poem like I don't with many. I have probably known this since I was a teenager.

This poem reminds me of Shri Krishna, and his message of righteous action. Krishna reminds in Chapter 2 of the Bhagwad Gita us that doing good work is our duty; not anticipating the fruits of our labor. It might be easier and more comfortable to do the alternative, but the path of righteousness must be actively chosen.

It also reminds me of Guru Gobind Singh's Deh Shiva ... where is asks for a boon from God for shubh karman, or good deeds.

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