A Road Less Traveled

12/06/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

I shall be telling this with a sigh,
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost

My sister took her six year old to the polls so that she could be there when her mommy voted for Obama, my parents called as the results poured in because they needed to speak to their children as history rose up before their eyes, our friends stood and cheered in our living room as champagne poured and our breath was taken away and tears fell. The millions of similar and deeper moments around the country are not merely an election, they are an anthem.

Barack Obama is a brand new reflection for America to see itself and a new lens through which the world might see us. We look at him and we see ourselves and we quietly wish that when the rest of world looks at him, they see us with the same hopeful eyes.

Standing before those two roads we had a decision to make: an America we were or an America we can be. Again, Frost puts it best: "And both that morning equally lay, in leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day. Yet knowing how way leads to way, I doubted if I should ever go back."