The Road Less Traveled It was Robert Frost who wrote: "I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference". This quote sums it up for many of us who have chosen an alternative path, one that doesn't have nicely paved roads and clear directional signs but does provide the traveler a sense of inner satisfaction in knowing that we stayed true to ourselves. This is certainly true for those of us who chose the field of Chinese Medicine here in the United States. With Chinese Medicine being more formally introduced to this country in the 70's, we are still like pioneers forging forward into unknown territories, blazing new trails, setting up infrastructure and establishing organization and norms. This choice can be difficult and many of us retreat or even quit all together. But for those of us in Chinese Medicine that persevere the rewards are incredible. We make a real difference in people's lives. We help people walk again, dance again, feel more like themselves, simply feel more alive. More importantly, we help people heal naturally. What a gift we have been given. M. Scott Peck wrote the book The Road Less Traveled and one of my favorite quotes is this: "To proceed very far through the desert, you must be willing to meet existential suffering and work it through. In order to do this, the attitude toward pain has to change. This happens when we accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth.” Stay the course. It will be worth it. It will make all the difference.