I have a friend who has managed a number of very successful companies that were built from the ground up by their owners. He tells me that very often, these owners are hard to deal with because they think they are geniuses when in fact, they just happened to be in The Right Place at the Right Time. Whether you call it luck or synchronicity or divine guidance, it does seem that success is frequently as much due to circumstances as it is to brilliance. But how many men want to admit it?
Occasionally, when I’ve been going through a difficult time in my life, I’ve had some well meaning soul tell me we’re always in The Right Place at the Right Time. On Ezine Articles, life coach Chandra Alexander agrees. What is true is always true, she says. We either believe we are always in the right place at the right time, or we do not. We can’t have it both ways. Alexander claims that only by believing we are always in the right place at the right time can we put our intellect to rest and be in the moment. To my mind, Chandra is wrong. It is not only possible but reasonable to notice that sometimes we are in The Right Place at the Right Time … and indeed, sometimes we are at the wrong place at the wrong time. Isn’t it intellectually dishonest to say that the child who steps off the curb as the bus comes around the corner is in the right place? To me the notion that is both honest and allows mindfulness is this: We are always in the only place at the only time. This moment is what we have. Peace comes through accepting what is and noticing how often, in large ways and small, we are in The Right Place at the Right Time. Thursday evening, I took my walk in the park right at sunset which put me on the bridge by the lake just in time to take this picture.
Have a good Sunday. And take time to notice.