The election you don’t see coming

Most of the time your life doesn’t change so radically in one day that you are either President or you’re not.

Presidential candidates see the fork in the road coming.

Almost always, you don’t. 

Ten years ago next week I was released from my job. Total surprise. But when it happened I instantly knew big changes were ahead. I didn’t know what changes, but I knew they were on the way.

But even that is not how most big change comes. Usually big change sneaks up without a word.

My life also forked the afternoon I met my wife at a summer job after high school. But I didn’t know it that day or for many more days, weeks, and months.

Or a chance meeting with a stranger in the door knobs aisle at Home Depot leads to a friendship and later a job, moving across the country, and new friends for your kids who soon take up competitive duck herding and motorized chariot racing. And become world champs. Everything changed while shopping for door knobs but you never knew.

Multiply that times dozens or hundreds in your life.

Aren’t you glad most life-changing moments are not like election day?

You couldn’t handle the drama.

When did your life fork but you didn’t know until long after you went through it?

About the Author


Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. Debbie Petras

    As I look back on my life, there were many forks in the road. Some were good and others not so wise. Moving to Arizona was one that changed my life and for good. I wouldn’t have met my husband.

    • Do you think when a fork leads to a good place it makes the next one a little less scary? Thanks Debbie.

  2. Abbie

    I’m looking back at the last four years wondering where the fork was in all that happened in our last town. Now I’m wondering where God is taking us – I feel kind of like Abraham who left without knowing where he was going.

    • Abraham ended up in as good place though didn’t he. God knew. Hope you have a great adventure Abbie.

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