Tag Archives: decisions

The Fork in the Tree.

What do you see when you look at this tree?

Initially, I saw the fork in the road but when I look at it now I see a very flexible, headless dancer whose toe is pointing up into the clouds. Mind you, when I came up with that image, I’d chopped the top off the photo on my laptop screen. or, maybe, the dancer hasn’t shaved her legs?

Unfortunately, I also noticed this tree isn’t looking very healthy.While it is deciduous, it’s neighbours are all sprouting Spring leaves and there isn’t so much as a bud on this one. I’m hoping my suspicions are wrong but is this tree deceased?

“C’mon! Grow, baby. Grow!…Just a leaf? A sign? A glimmer of hope?”

A Jumbled Path.JPG

My Pathway is Lost in a  Jumble of Twigs. Where am I going?

Meanwhile, looking further up the tree, I spotted “chaos central” where there is no clear-cut fork in the road… the A & B options. Rather, these twigs graphically portrayed:

“My life is such a Mess!” or “I’m soooo confused”.

There are no patterns and no pathway through. No exit from the maze but at least there is no minotaur but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a spider’s next in there…a tribe of Huntsmen.

When you have complicated decisions to make, what do you do? How do you choose which way to go? Toss a coin? Phone a friend? Write about it? Make a list of pros and cons?

I use a range of these strategies but what I’ve finally come to appreciate the hard way, is that action outranks procrastination. That even if you make the wrong decision, that’s better than doing nothing at all. Procrastination is not my friend and yet…

Hey, I just went chasing up a quote to illuminate this post and this was the first quote I found and it was so about this tree. It must be a sign:

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”

Robert H. Schuller

Perhaps, this tree should be renamed: “The Philosopher’s Tree”. Well, it’s certainly got me thinking and fired up a few brain cells. Dare I say, cleared out some “dead wood”?

Surely, there’s life in the old tree yet!

xx Rowena

Finding Signs

So often we are looking for a sign, some kind of indication about which direction to take, which choice to make or maybe some pearl of wisdom which will permanently change of our lives. As much as I looked for signs in the past, I now realise that I was really wanting someone else to make those difficult decisions for me so I could sit in the passenger seat, instead of driving my self.

That said, I still appreciate a good sign and here are a few I found in my travels around Surry Hills and the Sydney CBD when I was in town last week for the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

Hope you are having a great week. We have been enjoying summer temperatures here even though winter kicks in next week…a disturbing sign of the times perhaps.

xx Rowena

 

I finally cut my ponytail off last December but I do recall many either rushed or lazy mornings where my hair was quickly ponytailed away.

I finally cut my ponytail off last December but I do recall many either rushed or lazy mornings where my hair was quickly ponytailed away.

Above: Found outside a hairdressing salon in Surry Hills.

 

This was written beside the Buddist Temple in Surry Hills. Looked interesting especially in the light of the area's Irish heritage. Times have changed.

This was written beside the Buddist Temple in Surry Hills. Looked interesting especially in the light of the area’s Irish heritage. Times have changed.

 

 

I should stick this sign beside my bed so it is easier to get up in the morning.

I should stick this sign beside my bed so it is easier to get up in the morning.

 

Handprints-  Riley Street, Surry Hills

Handprints- Riley Street, Surry Hills

Outside a restaurant in Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills only doors away from where the Curtin family business operated for many years.

Outside a restaurant in Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills only doors away from where the Curtin family business operated for many years.

The Big Question- spotted in a boutique window in Macquarie Street, Sydney across from the Mitchell Library during the Sydney Writers' Festival

The Big Question- spotted in a boutique window in Macquarie Street, Sydney across from the Mitchell Library during the Sydney Writers’ Festival

 

I wonder if I could drop myself off here for some quick and easy personal development...

I wonder if I could drop myself off here for some quick and easy personal development…

 

Spotted at the Sydney Writers' Festival.

Spotted at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Spotted at the Sydney Writers' Festival.

Spotted at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

 

A quote from Tom Stoppard found at the Wharf Theatre, Sydney

A quote from Tom Stoppard found at the Wharf Theatre, Sydney

 

Outside a florist in the MLC Centre, Martin Place, Sydney.

Outside a florist in the MLC Centre, Martin Place, Sydney.