Baseball legend and infamous malaprop philosopher Yogi Berra once said: “When you come to a fork in the road…take it.”
In his book of the same name, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom From One of Baseball’s Greatest Heroes he says that people are afraid of making mistakes – and therein lies the rub. You could stand before that fork in the road forever paralyzed by the fear of making a wrong choice. There will always be decisions. Decisions in life, like those in baseball (of which I know nothing about) could mean the difference between winning and losing a game, business, competition, personal feud, or a myriad of other situations. Like Yogi says, trust your instincts and make a choice. Win or lose, right or wrong, it’s your choice.
What do you do once you’ve taken the fork?
I’m in the 46th year of life, 18th year of marriage, 10th year of motherhood, and 1st year as an entreproducer. I’ve lost count of how many forks I’ve encountered. I try not to second-guess my choices, but sometimes it’s hard to let go of the “what ifs?” when they creep into my brain.
I believe that when you’re on the path of your choosing, there will always be another decision to make, or mini-quest to embark upon, or another fork in the road.
I believe in making right choices as they unfold. Earlier this year, I joined the ranks of the self-employed and embarked upon an entrepreneurial path as a writer and marketing consultant. I’m still figuring it out: juggling current work, developing new business, making sure my family is cared for, and trying to carve out time for myself. Recently, another fork appeared and I had to make a choice. While I seriously considered this interesting career opportunity, I decided to stick with my free agent status. When I allow myself to be guided by my inner compass, and act upon it, I know I’ll always stay on the right path.
Three questions for my readers
1. What major decision lies ahead for you?
2. Which fork will you take?
3. What will you do once you’re on the path?
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As your much older comrade I will advise the forks neerv stop showing up. What is it the cheesier cat says to Alice ? Something about Matters where you want to go. I think that keeping focus is important,sounds like you did that . I took a job for money and prestige but it was like a poor fitting expensive suit. Also the best fork has some kind of chocolate on it