A fork in the road is a metaphor for a deciding moment or a turning point in life or history when a major choice of options is required.
My recent heart attack makes it advisable for me to make some changes in the volume and the direction of the projects that I pursue from this point on.
I can no longer follow Yogi Berra's advice, "When you come to a fork in the road. Take it." That requires an expansion of effort and a broadening of attention. My future plans are to focus on the things I can get done.
I plan to continue the framing business as long as possible because it is one of my favorite creative outlets and gives me an opportunity to do collaborative design work with talented artists and art lovers.
Because of the state of the economy, the business model will incorporate a greater percentage of do-it-yourself framing and I expect to see increasing exchanges of services and food for custom frames and mirrors.
We are seeing a huge increase in trading services locally and I expect that it will last for the next several years, especially for "luxuries" like art and books and other items that brighten our lives.
To keep things simple, I am finding new homes for some fairly new woodworking equipment, tools, artwork and supplies that I am no longer using. I am offering them to neighbors, local artisans and other small business owners in exchange for services and for help with things I can no longer do.
This has been going on for weeks now and has been beneficial to all concerned.