There is a fantastic alternative fairy story by a chap called Terry Jones that really works as a guiding metaphor for life. Basically this girl is approached by a goblin who offers her the chance to go to Goblin City........
Long or short to Goblin City
The short way's straight
But the long way's pretty......
But the girl has a lot of questions - well you would, wouldn't you? - I mean just how straight is the short way? Is it a little bit shorter than the long way or a lot shorter?
And how pretty is the long way? Is it worth the extra distance rather than going the short way?
Is the short way pretty as well? Is the long way a lot prettier than the short way or is there not much in it?
Is Goblin City actually worth going to whichever route I take? Why would I want to go there?
Would it be worth going if I went the short way but not necessarily worth going the long way?
If Goblin City is a bit crap, is it worth the trip just for the long pretty way? Is the pretty way pretty enough to justify the trip?
Can I come back if I go or do I have to stay in Goblin City?
Do I have to go alone or can I take someone with me?
If the long way isn't as pretty as I hoped can I double back and go the short way?
The girl asks the Goblin some of these questions but he gets fed up and vanishes in a puff of smoke after telling her:
Goblin City's far and near
If you can't decide
You'd better stay here
Thing is that if you never make up your mind about what you want and you never start trying to get there, you will be stuck where you are forever. Sometimes its time to start on that path, whichever path you choose.....
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