…the aptly named Yogi Berra turned 80 this week.
Yogi is one of our greatest living zen masters. He may not be aware that he is a zen master, but that just proves how totally zen he is.
He originally gained renown as a baseball player, but his greatest achievements have been in the field of the zen koan. A koan is a saying, riddle, or parable that disorients the logical mind, allowing us freedom of thought and giving us a glimpse of the ineffable.
Here are just a few of the mind-bending things that have passed Yogi’s lips over the years:
“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”
“If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else.”
Q: “Yogi, what time is it?”
A: “Do you mean now?”
“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
This last one contains more wisdom than the collected works of Dr. Phil put together.
For more Yogi quotes: http://rinkworks.com/said/yogiberra.shtml