The Right Place At The Right Time

What does the phrase “being in the right place at the right time” mean to you?

Roulette WheelMaybe you think of it as luck or synchronicity. Things randomly, yet fortuitously, converged at this point in your favor. The roulette wheel of life spun the ball into the 7 slot, which you bet on. So you were in the right place at the right time by chance.

Or maybe you think that things just seem random to the human mind but are, in fact, part of some sort of unfolding program that is running on a cosmic level that was pushed into motion by the big bang. It’s all mathematics and science. The energy of this affects the energy of that, and the inertia of this affects the inertia of that. It looks like 1, 2, 3, presto! But you know you could see how the magic trick works if you had a good enough computer model.

Or maybe for you it means having faith that a higher power is directing your life. Like there’s this playwright behind the scenes somewhere, maybe off to stage left behind the layers of curtains writing it all out. The playwright knows where the story is going, but as the actor on the stage, you are just handed the lines, and you act out your part. Sometimes you have a sense of foreshadowing, like you know where the story is probably going to go, and things happen like you expect. But sometimes there’s a complete surprise, a twist and turn in the plot that came unexpectedly. And then there are the times when several complicated subplots coincide, and, delighted, you say “Yes, I was in the right place at the right time. The playwright is a genius.”

I truly am curious about what you think about being in the right place at the right time because, although I’ve questioned it all of my life, I can’t shake the conviction that everything happens for a reason. I think it’s fun to figure out the reason, too. It’s so much a part of my psyche that it’s even my number one strength on the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment.

Connectedness® – People strong in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.

I guess this really means that I can’t help but pay attention when I and others are in the right place at the right time. It certainly helps me when I work with people to recognize the signs from their lives that point to their uniqueness. Since I constantly notice incidents of being in the right place at the right time, I should be taking it for granted by now. But I am still amazed each and every time it happens. I wonder if, as time goes on, if that ever will change?

Angela Loëb helps people rediscover and use their gifts so they bring who they are to what they do in life. __________________________________________________________

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