When You Reach the Fork in the Road

I find it helps to unplug every now and then. I allow myself to just breathe and see where impulse takes me.  I recently took some time away with my family, and it was a wonderful, needed rest. It felt amazing to slow down and spend quality time in the moment with loved ones.

Now that I’m back, I’m full-swing into many things including Marie Forleo’s B-School which started last week. I’m loving every minute of it.

Since I’m a bit time crunched right now, I’ve decided to re-post one of my favourite posts, one that resonated with a lot of readers.  Enjoy!

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Are you feeling stuck?  Are you at the fork in the road and don’t know which path to take?

Glad you stopped by – you didn’t stumble across this post by accident.

I’ve been feeling stuck lately myself.  With several distractions in my life over the past while, I’ve been in survival mode.  Nothing particularly urgent has been going on, just lots of things and people requiring my attention at the same time… not the least of which are my two active little boys.

I’ve been stretched thin, something we all face from time to time.

So I haven’t been able to devote nearly as much time to writing as I’d like.  And I haven’t been feeling particularly creative.  Both of these things frustrate me.  I feel as if I’m not taking care of my own needs.

A problem-solver by nature, I naturally want to force it.  To make myself be creative.

Hah.  Doesn’t work so well.

And when I overextend myself for too long or try to force myself into a decision, I lose touch with my inner wisdom, the compass that guides me well when I listen faithfully to it.

Many of us, consciously or subconsciously, try to control our own lives.  Maybe it makes us feel “safer” or more ambitious or productive.  For whatever reason, we push forward, often making decisions in haste without taking the time to listen.

To listen to what we really, truly want.

So this is when I remind myself – and now, you – of this:

You don’t need to have everything figured out right now.

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Choices should not be made with the rational brain alone, and it’s much easier to make decisions when you’re feeling calm and centered.

So when you’re facing that fork in the road, just BREATHE.  Close your eyes and breathe. And listen to your inner wisdom.  It’s there, but you’ll need to find a bit of quiet in order to hear it.

Then, take a step forward, even the smallest of steps.  The answers will come.

I love the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase.  Just take the first step.”

We’ll never know what the future will bring.  For now we have this moment, and this moment alone.  Breathe, take a step forward and believe in yourself.  The rest will fall into place.

About Christine

Positive thinker. Writer. Lover of travel and adventure, oceans and mountains, and the energy of a big city. Oh, and deep belly laughs, sappy movies and spirited conversations. Believer in limitless human potential.
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3 Responses to When You Reach the Fork in the Road

  1. Jeremy says:

    Thanks for this, Christine. I think I’m one of those people who push myself a lot without taking the time to truly listen.

    “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” ==> Definitely. If not for this, I would never have started a blog. It’s amazing how unexpectedly things have unfolded as a result of it.

    B-School was being promoted like crazy a while ago. Good luck with that! It must have cost a bomb, but you’ll make full use of it. :)

    • Christine says:

      Oh, me too – I often push ahead and don’t always take the time to listen within. That’s when I need to remind myself to slow down and get quiet… ;) And I feel the same way about taking the first step and starting a blog. I’m amazed at everything that’s unfolded since. Sounds like it’s been a really positive experience for you. Isn’t it incredible what happens when we take a leap of faith?

      I’m loving B-School! Yes, it sure was promoted like crazy, but it’s an amazing program. So much to absorb – which is why I haven’t been writing much lately.

      Thanks so much for commenting – great to hear from you!

  2. Christine, I was delighted to re-read a favorite post – and it still resonates! Also delighted that you unplugged and had nice time away. I agree that is so important. Can’t hair to hear more about B-School! Enjoy.

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