What is ahead for us?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Pareto Realty TN #251071

We are all at a fork in our path!

As Yogi Bera so astutely said: “When you come to a fork in the road – Take it!“

This is the first choice . . . the choice to continue FORWARD.

Of course, there are 2 other options:

STOP right HERE and freeze with analysis paralysis (FEAR), or go back from whence you came.

Considering our current circumstances, going back to what was before is an impossibility.

Come to think of it, staying where we are now isn’t possible either because our resources will soon be exhausted.


Like it or not, forward it shall be . . . and you cannot take both paths.

Robert Frost has something to say about this:

The Road Not Taken 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Choosing the more traveled road feels safer for most people (80%). After all, if most people go that way, then there will likely be more potential for traveling WITH other folks – safety in numbers – striking up conversations which lead to conversations and camaraderie, and less uncertainty about getting “there”. There will be Leaders and followers and community which all commutes to a form of imputed knowledge. This is akin to a perspective of living a life of predestiny . . . your future is constrained by circumstances and other people?

Are you a believer that you can achieve anything you can imagine? Oh! YOU are are one of those unabashedly intrepid explorers who thrive on uncertainty and adventure. For you, SURPRISE is welcome because it reminds you that you’re ALIVE! You are less attached to the outcomes, but this doesn’t mean that you are aimless . . . In fact, you are amongst the population with very clear VISION. You KNOW within you what it’ll look like when you arrive . . . and everyone but you will think you got lucky and became an overnight success as you stumble out of the bush and reveal your creation. You’ll smile and inwardly celebrate the fruits of your focused intentions and all of the attention you paid with your blood, sweat, and tears.

Each of these roads is possible, and only you have the power to choose which one you will travel.

Ah the quandary!

Which will it be?

How will you know if you’re taking the “right” road?

Before choosing, allow yourself some time for due diligence.

This is metaphorically sticking a toe in the water to see if the temperature is tolerable.

Take some time for reflection.

Can you paint a clear picture of where you want to go?

Having that image in your mind, begin to tackle the “HOW”

Begin with a period of reconnoiter (MEANING: To explore or scout an area for gathering information.) Seek wisdom from other people who may have had experience with travels similar to the one you are undertaking (The older – The Better).

What tools and equipment might you need?

Who are the people you will need to travel with you?

How will develop your “way” in terms of documenting what works and what doesn’t and building models and systems to leverage your resources (Time – Energy – Money – People)?

PROCEED and don’t look back (remove your review mirror).

This post was (in part) inspired by today’s message from “The Universe”

“You’re not supposed to be able to see it with your eyes first. It wouldn’t be called “manifesting” if you could.
See it with your mind first. 
That’s what it’s there for, sort of –   The Universe”


PS: Yesterday, I had a revelation unfold right before my very eyes. It’s a scary and exciting possibility which, when realized will be a veritable game changer for Pareto Realty, the Vital Few Members of Pareto Realty and myself personally.

We are ALL looking forward to hear YOUR story of your journey down the road YOU choose.

Published by Barry Owen 

Strategist-CEO of Pareto Realty Real estate sales Professional Inviter-Facilitator-Practicer of Open Space Technology Opening safe space for people & organizations to self-organize around issues & opportunities BarryOwen.US Invite-Listen-Love 

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Barry Owen

Principal Broker
Pareto Realty
Nashville, TN

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Comments (17)

Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

I agree we need to embrace the changing times and trudge forward the best way we can.  If I can learn to zoom, do virtual showings and driveby closings, I think everyone can.  I am getting used to it and really like it too.  Hope you have a wonderful day!

May 20, 2020 07:51 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

When I did my Camino, I came to a split, there was an option to walk along a river bank, more like a creek, than a river, but i thought that would be a better option than the road through the industrial zone. Well as I was about to take it some other pilgrims emerged from the way and proclaimed it was not well marked and my companion decided to walk the industrial zone route. I thought how hard can it be to follow a river. I enjoyed that river route and met a young man who I shared coffee with and found a lovely hostel for the night. Never regretted taking the route proclaimed as being badly marked.

May 20, 2020 08:44 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I suspect few of us will emerge from these times unchanged.  One thing for certain, companies and individuals are learning it is easier to work from home than once imagined.  I suspect much of that will continue.

May 20, 2020 07:48 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Barry, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

May 20, 2020 07:52 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Very interesting post, Barry. All through our lives we come to a fork in the road. Sometimes it's more like a triple-pronged fork. We cannot stay where we are but must move forward. And once we choose, keep going with no regrets. 

May 21, 2020 03:16 PM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

It doesn't matter which road you choose, both roads will lead you to success. However, one road may get you there faster, so, regardless you'll get there but you've got to possess courage, knowledge, skills, confidence, perseverance and be able to make sacrifices to reach your ultimate goal. 

It's been said that attitude, discipline and relentless activity will always bring you victory. So, IMO, it's not the road you travel but the traveler on the road that determines success. Enlightening post.

May 21, 2020 08:09 PM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

I think I'll stick to the less traveled road. From reports of the extreme speeders and lane switchers on the Interstate, the comfort of the slower road is appealing right now. On the road as in life!

May 21, 2020 08:23 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I get the messages from "The Universe," too. They're thought provoking!

May 21, 2020 09:08 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

May 23, 2020 07:04 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Barry Owen -  I have taken the one that is less traveled.  It is has in fact made all the difference.

May 24, 2020 07:11 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Barry Owen ,

A very thought provoking post and so glad that Kathy Streib featured in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. Definitely need to take time for your due diligence and then pick a way in the fork in the road and don't look back..no regrets.

May 24, 2020 09:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Many of us will be seeking the best pathways to success in our much modified environment.

May 24, 2020 09:51 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Step #1 will be to learn what absolutely will be the New Normal  !!!

May 24, 2020 12:29 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

"and everyone but you will think you got lucky and became an overnight success." Barry, what an interesting compilation of things to consider going forward including the metaphysical connection to Mike Dooley's site.  Thanks for your stream of consciousness.

May 24, 2020 05:14 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am thinking alot about the people who approach change as victims and those who approach it as an opportunity - this is an opportunity for us all if we choose to see it that way 

May 26, 2020 04:16 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Time marches on and it will drag you with it whether we like it or not Barry Owen best to go along for the ride and have faith. Scripture teaches us

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" ~ Hebrews 11:1

May 26, 2020 05:59 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose to  highlight it this week!

May 26, 2020 06:42 AM