In Others’ Word: This-a-Way or That-a-Way

Beth Vogt In Others' Words, Life, quote about choices 14 Comments

fork in the road. berra. 2015

I so enjoy the eloquence of Yogi Berra.

Granted, it’s a bit garbled, but the man speaks truth.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

Make a decision. Make a choice. Keep moving. 

And yes, sometimes the decision we have to make is all about choosing between a right or wrong possibility. But sometimes it is about making the decision to take the fork in the road — either one — and face the coming consequences.

Make me know Your ways, O LORD, Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5 NASB)

In Your Words: When you face a fork in the road, what helps you take it? How do you decide this-a-way or that-a-way? Where has the path led lately?

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Comments 14

  1. I always figured that even inaction is a form of action…’letting things slide’ is, in the end intentional.

    But there is a good side to not taking action, and that is the development of patience. since each fork offers three possibilities.. Some situations will develop, if you just stop and wait at that fork in the road, and can be dealt with in a way that’s informed, with enlightenment that can only come through time.

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      Good Monday morning to you, Andrew — and yes, not making a decision — or taking the fork — is an action in its own right. If nothing else, while you stand there, you’ll get run over by others taking the fork … right?

      1. Well…yes and no.

        Neil Armstrong was famous for putting off decisions until the last minute, and it caused some to question his assignment as commander of the Apollo 11 mission.

        When it came to landing the LM, he ran it to the very end of its fuel (before an abort would have been mandatory) looking for a safe landing site. Drove Edwin Aldrin to distraction, with that.

        If the mission had been in the hands of almost anyone else, they would have either attempted a landing on a questionable piece of ground, or aborted earlier.

        the ability to hold off, to stay at the fork while keeping track of the time remaining for a decision to be effective, is both ingrained and honed with practice. You can’t pick it up on the fly.

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  2. Since planet Earth is round, and spins (to stay afloat in the heavens), life is like a moving escalator, and we also have to keep moving to stay abreast. To stand still and not make choices to move forward is to move backward, and at some point we would fall off the moving planet–worse than Columbus and his peers worst fears of falling off a flat earth.

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