Having traveled to my first country outside the US in 1996, I now reflect on the past 22 years, and 43 countries visited. Some of my first mindboggling memories come from the simple act of driving along foreign roads. I became curious about why some countries drive on the right side of the road and why others drive on the left. I became fascinated with roads, how they twist and turn and the symbolism that they often represent.
I grew up connecting with Robert Frost’s Poem “The Road Not Taken.” As a young teenager, it painted an image that all decisions were always bilinear. You either had option A or option B and that one path was more traveled, and one was less traveled.
In Hans Rosling’s book, Factfulness, he states:
“Critical thinking is always difficult, but it’s almost impossible when we are scared. There’s no room for facts when our minds are occupied by fear.”
If we allow our minds to flood with fear, then we cannot possibly ponder which path is the correct one for us.
By taking conscious baby-steps, one decision at a time. By starting somewhere and reevaluating the course often.
Life isn’t just about choosing between two roads. It’s about a series of decisions at multiple intersections, each containing various possible paths.
Sometimes we are driving on the right side of the road, which makes the right exits the easiest and the left turns daunting with oncoming traffic. Other times we are operating on the left side of the road, making the left turns the easiest and adding a technical level to the right turns. You still have to make the problematic turns, if you are determined to reach the path that you are meant to take.
Newton’s First Law of Motion sums up this phenomenon accurately and is often defined as:
“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
What can you do today to be the unbalanced force?