The Journey of Life – Choose the Fork Less Traveled

Along the path called ‘the journey of life,’ we often come across forks in the road that force us to make moral or difficult decisions. I am not referring to the large and important decisions of life such as: where to obtain an education, what career to choose, where to live, or even who to marry. I am referring to the smaller, yet perhaps more significant, daily decisions that mold our character, determine our happiness, and eventually shape our destiny.

Both paths of these diverging forks bring with them certain appeal, benefits, drawbacks, as well as consequences. The fork on the left, for example, is often much more appealing because the path is usually paved, it is always full of fellow travelers, and looks a whole lot easier than the fork on the right. In fact, sometimes it actually appears that the fork on the left is heading in the same direction as the fork on the right; however, slowly and subtly that path separates and eventually ends up miles away. Despite the ease, popularity, and instant appeal the left fork often brings, the unfortunate reality and consequence is that it also always leads to rougher roads, fellow travelers abandoning you, and the initial comfort and gratification is always replaced by regret, loneliness, and eventually being lost.

Comparatively, the fork on the right usually seems much more difficult to journey on initially, and it is always less traveled because of the effort, unfamiliarity, and unpopularity of that path. Interestingly enough, many who choose to go right at these pivotal and frequent forks in the journey of life, will eventually decide to go left somewhere down the road. Why? The fork on the right usually is unpaved initially, filled with potholes and gravel, deserted and lonely in many places, and can even seem like you are going in circles because you keep going right at each fork. However, those travelers who have made the long and difficult journey and chosen to go right at the majority of forks will collectively agree that the path may have been initially daunting, lonely at times, and filled with potholes – but it was certainly worth both the effort as well as the reward at the end of the path.

As is obvious, the right fork is the right fork. And yet thankfully, even if we choose to go left at certain forks along this journey we call ‘life,’ we will inevitably come to another fork in the road where we will yet again be granted the decision to choose the right fork. The great test of life is not only having the courage and determination to choose and walk the path of the right fork – but to choose the right fork at every right fork, and to persist in faith and effort regardless of how difficult and unpopular the journey may become.