COMMENTARY

Fork In The Road

Prior to the fork in the road, our journey on the straight and narrow was going well. Or so we claim by, “If the fork hadn’t happened, our journey would have been assured”.  We do crave a predictable continuous pathway. What if our journey prior to the fork in the road was off course, too restrictive, and flashing red but we couldn’t see or didn’t notice it?

Separate from what is happening on the road, the greater unfolding is that our minds have already been conditioned to be risk-averse. If it ain’t broken, we don’t need to fix it.

This seems like common sense but if something is broken and we don’t look closely- precisely because we have been conditioned to not look closely- then our narrative of where things went wrong is self-delusional and masks looming disasters.

The forks in the roads are not the problem, I think.

So what is? Let’s see.

Whether we build a bridge over a troubled brook reveals some interesting facets about how we see life, including “Can we cross the brook safely without building the bridge. Do we even need to cross it?

Who is going to pay for it?

Is this little brook even worth our time, effort, and resources, for we could extend ourselves here and find ourselves expended and overextended when we come to “big river.”

My take on this internal argument with ourselves is that our concerns are not enthusiasm-driven but are apprehensive, weighted toward resource constraints and avoidance.

Prudence, perhaps. I think not.

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Peter Peterkin, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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