An unexpected fork in the road

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.

Stay  tuned…

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0 Responses to An unexpected fork in the road

  1. Tom King says:

    Welcome back to the blogosphere. You gotta be feelin’ better if you’re well enough to post. Our prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

  2. And with your usual style, David, you are sharing basic truths of life with us: life is change; adaptation, adaptation, adaptation.

    Good to see your words this morning.

  3. Mike Brown and Lisa says:

    David, sorry to hear about your little setback. Knowing you, you’ve turned it into an opportunity and not so much of a set back. Please let me know what I can do to make things a little better. Lisa and I will be up in Floyd next week for a while working on our house. Hang in there!

  4. DON EVANS says:

    Dear David,
    It was with great surprise that we opened up Ripples this morning and found your wonderful blog.

    I said right along that they can not keep a good man down for long. It is nice to see that you are back on the beat.

  5. Marti says:

    Really good to see you blogging again. I am glad to see that you are coming up with creative ways to manage your new circumstance. May God be with you always and give you strength.

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