I'm not a baseball fan--not a sports fan of any kind, really--but I can't help thinking about Yogi Berra from time to time.
Not for his skill at the game--he is apparently considered one of the greatest catchers of all time.
No, it's for his Yogiisms--"pithy comments and witticisms" which "often take the form of either an apparently obvious tautology, or a paradoxical contradiction." -- Wikipedia
Interestingly, also reported by Wikipedia:
Simultaneously denying and confirming his reputation, Berra once stated, "I really didn't say everything I said."
I had to make a mercifully short presentation this evening to a group of my colleagues ("mercifully" for them, not me--I can carry on for quite some time, extemporaneously, if given the chance).
Someone who preceded me had used a Yoggiism:
"When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it."I used my time in the wings to Google a list of Yogiisms, and settled on this one to work into my intro:
"If you don't know where you are going, you might end up someplace else."It worked well, my speech was done, and I sat back in the audience to ponder.
And think about how this applies to my own life.
How can I know I won't end up "someplace else", someplace unexpected and frightening, because I didn't "know where I was going"--or at least have a plan?
I don't. I won't. And the "someplace" may, for a while, be dreary and confusing.
But I can hope the journey will be enlightening, those I meet along the way inspiring, and the destination satisfying.
I am optimistic.