The Fork in the Road

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Yogi Berra is known for saying, “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.”  Often in life and work we come to a fork in the road.  These are season’s in life when we have to make a decision between two options.  Go this way or go that way. Do this, or do that.  Be this or be that.  Take this job or that job.  Stay and wait for things to turn around or move on.

Often, these forks in the road are thrust upon us.  Something outside of our control has brought us here.  A company decides to close down one of its divisions, the one you happen to work at.  The economy collapses.  Someone gets the job or position you wanted.  The company you work for asks you to move (in order to keep your job). There are an infinite number of things that happen to us or leave us with choices we have to make as we come to the fork in the road.

When we get there, we can become paralyzed by the choices, go here or go there, and so on.   With each choice we usually have to “give up something.”  Something the other choice offers.  If we go with option A, we won’t get t what option B offers, and visa versa.  The Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is a real force.  There always seems to be the “offer” the other option has that we don’t want to give up, and so we stay stuck and paralyzed, unable to make a decision.

When this happens, Yogi Berra says, “take it.”  Make a move.  Go one way but by all means go some way.

I have a friend who used to tell me, “it’s hard to move a parked ship.”  But once the ship is out on the open sea, moving, turning, and sailing becomes quite effortless.

There is a high probability that either option will provide the fulfillment you’re looking for.  So, go, make the decision and get out on the open sea; “take it.”


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