Grabbing Opportunity Where It’s Least Expected

When I slow down enough to absorb the things I experience in a day, the opportunities are obvious and I start to act on them. Looking back now, I can see that most of the really good things in my life weren’t planned years in advance. They were little glimmers that flashed through the noise that I happened to grab.

My most recent glimmer was actually more like a flash of lightning. I decided that I would finally to take a weekend trip to New York City to explore. I contacted my brother, booked flights and hotel rooms, and we were on our way. We flew separately from different cities and on my first flight I scooted past a man on my way to the window seat that I’d carefully selected because it was close to an exit, in a two-seat row and toward the back of the plane, which always seemed safer to me.

My point to this is: I put a lot of thought into choosing that exact seat and when I made my selection I thought, this could be a matter of life or death.

I sat down, heart pounding a bit from general travel stress, and said, “Hi, how ya doing?” That was the start of a three-hour-long conversation that was relaxed, interesting, funny, reassuring and inspirational. Both of us marveling that we were talking so much because we were not the talkative types and more apt to plug into earbuds than start up a lifelong…

A lifelong what exactly?

When we left I gave him my card, saying if you ever need a writer, look me up. A week later he gave me a call.

The feeling that something shifted in the universe bringing two people, two ideas, two lives together, is a wonderful one. It’s magic. And if you believe in it, it’s a feeling that can spread to everything you do, turning your work into fantastic success because you have faith. Sound a little new-agey? It isn’t. It has to do with the confidence the right person or right job gives you to trust your instincts. It also has to do with a heightened awareness that allows you to see the details that are going to give you the edge when attempting a new endeavor.

Dana Barfield