By Reggie Roberson
Taking the high road in life is a difficult and rewarding journey. It is difficult because it is lonely. The high road is not well traveled, doesn’t offer a lot of conversation, and contains roadblocks and off-ramps filled with temptation to go back to the roads frequently traveled. Those roads are filled with traffic jams, and they never end. Those roads are where our souls are destroyed.
The good news about traveling on the high road is that there is a steady wind behind you, and, within that wind, the truth is guiding you. Also at the end of the journey on the high road, you will be rewarded because the truth will catch up with you, and, as they say, “set you free.”
The off-ramps and roadblocks on the high road are wrought with agents and temptations to bring you down among the masses. Those off-ramps offer short-term joy and short-term relief, like a trip to the candy store. The journey down those ramps provide opportunities and temptations to engage in other people’s agendas, non-truths, and innuendo that can cling to you like a burden you cannot shake—and it will destroy your soul.
To stray off the high road and go to the road more traveled, one must agree to sell his or her own heart and soul to the people who want to bring you down to their level, and even possibly destroy you. Their sole purpose is to make you as miserable and dysfunctional as they are so they can feel better about themselves. It doesn’t matter that they take you with them. Misery loves company. It’s not important to them if you are destroyed, as long as they feel good.
As a nation and as Americans, we need more people traveling the high road. Don’t get me wrong, there are politicians, businessmen/women, and common everyday men and women who stay on the high road—just in my opinion, not enough. At some point in a day, we have to look in the mirror, lay our head in the pillow, or even look our kids in the eyes. That’s when perspectives are the most real and often the most difficult. A daily look is helpful, but unfortunately, a lot of us are running so hard we never get the chance to take that look.
Let’s be better people and better Americans. Let’s demand more from our leaders and our neighbors. It starts with every individual, and can become a movement. What road are you on?
Rockford resident Reggie Roberson can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
From the Aug. 4-10, 2010 issue