by Jeff Strite

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The Zoad In The Road (1 of 5)
Series: Dr. Seuss And God
Jeff Strite
Jeremiah 6:16

OPEN: This begins a series which we're calling "Dr. Seuss and God". Dr. Seuss (actually Theodor Seuss Geisel) dedicated himself to writing simple, entertaining and thoughtful poems that used basic words children would understand. But every once in a while, Dr. Seuss would introduce what some people would consider nonsense words - like in his poem about the Zoad in the Road. But apparently, even this apparent non-sense word was deeply researched. Apparently, "Zoad" came from a Greek word that meant "stair step" or "ladder"… indicating a device people would use to get somewhere.
With that insight, consider Dr. Seuss' poem: "The Zoad In The Road":

Did I ever tell you about the young Zoad?
Who came to a sign at the fork of the road?
He looked one way and the other way too -
the Zoad had to make up his mind what to do.
Well, the Zoad scratched his head, and his chin, and his pants.
And he said to himself, "I'll be taking a chance.
If I go to Place One, that place may be hot
So how will I know if I like it or not.
On the other hand, though, I'll feel such a fool
If I go to Place Two and find it's too cool
In that case I may catch a chill and turn blue.
So Place One may be best and not Place Two.
Play safe," cried the Zoad, "I'll play safe, I'm no dunce.
I'll simply start off to both places at once."
And that's how the Zoad who would not take a chance
Went no place at all with a split in his pants.

APPLY: The poor Zoad couldn't make up his mind which way to go.
So, he decided to not really MAKE a decision.
Instead, he tried to take BOTH roads at the same time.
He didn't want to make a decision, so - in his indecision - he actually made a decision
Because he wouldn't take a chance… he "went no place at all with a split in his pants."

Have you ever had trouble making a decision?
I have!
But if the decision is important enough… I eventually I make ...

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