According to Yogi Berra, “I never said most of the things I said.” If he did say the title quote, I doubt he meant the fork in the picture. I know one thing, though, the fork in the photo would be an easier decision for me than some of the other “forks” in the road. For one thing, it’s my stainless pattern. For another, it’s just lying there waiting to cause trouble. I would take it before it got flattened or injured someone.
I think the fork Yogi is talking about refers to a major life decision. If the road forks, it’s giving you an opportunity to take a new and better direction. Yogi says, “Take it.” Could it be that divorce provides that new and better direction? Certainly the decision of divorcing wasn’t mine. But I remember someone telling me early in 2007, shortly after I learned that I would be divorced, “This is an opportunity. Take advantage of it.” I should tape those words to my mirror so I won’t forget them.
So what’s this fork I’m supposed to take called? What sort of opportunity is it? Has something presented itself that I’ve overlooked? Whatever it is, I will have to be more creative than I’ve been in the past. I can’t throw money at it the way I used to do. Can’t afford that. Maybe that is the opportunity I’m supposed to check out: How to live a fruitful and productive life with less money, fewer resources than in the past. How to have lots of fun with very little money.
I don’t yet know the answers to all these questions. I’m constantly thinking and working on them. I hope I figure it all out soon. I’m an optimist. I think I’ll get it. I have infinite patience with my grandchildren but not with myself. Maybe that’s one of the lessons I’m supposed to be learning. I must be giving and loving to myself. Grace is mine for the taking if I can be kind enough to myself to accept it. In the meantime, I’m not sitting around twiddling my thumbs. I do constructive things daily. I really do.