When the Road Splits and You Are Silent

Today, I went for my first walk in the woods at Guilford College. I’ve been working here for over a year but I have never, by myself, taken the time to go for a stroll through our, sometimes infamous, woods. They are home to lots of animals, faculty and staff homes, Quaker history, Underground Railroad stories, and of course, student mischief. So today, I decided that in this mist and gloom I should finally explore.

The woods at Guilford are peaceful. So green and lush. There are babbling brooks that follow along the paths and the trees that reach so very high, sway in the wind with a practiced grace, you can tell the woods are as old as they are beautiful.

As soon as I made it to the path I stumbled across this…


A split in the woods. I know, I know, how very cliché of me to be inspired to write because I see two roads diverged in the woods.

But this got me thinking about where I am, not just in my student affairs journey, but my life. In the next few months I will be making some very big life decisions and will have to make choices that are going to put me along certain paths. It is scary and exciting and BIG. I do not claim to be an expert in Quakerism but what I have picked up here at Guilford is an appreciation for silence and being still. Silence is a big part of how we conduct business at the College level and that comes from the large part it has in Quaker meetings for worship. It just so happened that this week I have encountered challenges of faith whether they be my own or what others have shared with me. I have been thinking a lot about the way Quakerism affects the ecology of the campus and the effect it has on me.

As I approach my literal and figurative roads that diverge I am going to remember this place in the woods and take time to be still and embrace the silence. The answers will come to me and whether my decisions are right or not I can stand firm in knowing I made them calmly and to the best of my ability.

Until next time,


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