"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what they had to teach..."
~ HD Thoreau ~
The first path we choose through the woods may not be the best one. It may get us from point A to point B, but be steep, and full of prickers. If we are willing to explore alternative routes, we may find a better one the next time, and maybe a better one still the time after that.
The point is, there's more than one way to get where we're going, and some routes are intrinsically more satisfying to the soul.
I choose the bubbling brook over thorns and prickers.