“When you come to a fork in the road, take it”, Yogi Berra once said when asked directions to his house. Turned out either path got you there. This quote, one of the many unintentionally witty pronouncements from Yogi, makes a lot of sense to me.
Every fork is accompanied by choices to be made and questions about the outcome. Choosing one option over another doesn’t necessarily mean one is right and the other wrong; unfortunately life is usually not that simple. The best any of us can do is to make the best decision possible with the information available at the time. It’s all part of the journey getting to where we are supposed to be.
If we realize later we made an “incorrect” decision, learning from our mistakes is a valuable tool which may lead to success later. Don’t waste time beating yourself up about past events which you have no control over. One of my favorite sayings is “Everything will be okay in the end…and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end” (source unkown).
Easier said than done, right? Absolutely. I am actively working on appreciating the “wrong” decisions I make not only in life, but also with my artwork. The creative process is emotionally draining and each piece requires a significant time commitment. Every step of the way involves decisions that can potentially affect the outcome. Understanding that I learn as much from the failures as I do from the successes, and possibly more, is important. Sure, some of the failures are out of my control, but I have to admit that many are not. I spend less time these days obsessing about the “what if’s”, and as a result, find I have more energy and knowledge to grow as an artist.
Back to Yogi…Yogi was an unlikely yet lovable hero whose nonsensical comments played a big role in his popularity both on and off the baseball field. His unintentionally witty pronouncements were well-known and oft repeated. Like so many others, I was saddened to hear of his recent passing.
“You can observe a lot just by watching,”
“If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be”
“It’s déjà vu all over again”
“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over”
“Nobody goes there anymore – It’s too crowded.”
“If you can’t imitate him,” he advised a young player who was mimicking the batting stance of the great slugger Frank Robinson, “don’t copy him.”