Timing is a funny thing. There’s bad timing which creates chaos and good timing which creates opportunities. Then there is the perfect timing which can easily change the outcome of a situation from disastrous to excellent.
I’ve always taught my kids that if they are with the wrong crowd they can be guilty by association. When friends make bad choices and you find yourself at the wrong place at the wrong time, you may end up dealing with consequences that weren’t yours to own. I remember a young teenager who got into a schoolyard fight. The fight began between two other kids and this teenager didn’t need to get involved. But, he chose to take the fight to another level and turned the whole thing into a drastic mess. He chose to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and then he chose to become a part of something that was way bigger than he was. The fight between the first two kids was over but he created and escalated a new fight. The victim was seriously hurt and the teenager found himself in jail.
I gave a gift certificate to a young woman for Christmas. It was for a ceramics studio. I thought it would be fun to do something together. After Christmas, we finally went to the studio to enjoy the day and make our ceramics. We had so much fun that day. I was trying to decide what piece I wanted to paint, I have a hard time making up my mind, so the young woman was very patient and helped me. She is very knowledgeable with ceramics and she patiently guided me through the process of picking paint colors and explained to me how the colors must be laid down in a certain order to achieve the correct result. As we sat and painted, we were conversing with the owner of the establishment. She took notice of the knowledge and patience that the young woman had given me. After many hours of painting, the owner came over and handed the young woman an application for employment. At that time, the young woman was having some struggles at her place of employment. This opportunity showed itself to her at the right time. The young woman was open to a new adventure and so she was hired to do a job in a field that she loves. Surely, this is an example of very good timing.
A woman I know recently had to have surgery. Everything was in place. The date was set on the calendar, the pre-testing was finished and the surgery was set to occur. The night before the surgery, her doctor called her and stated that he was reviewing her pre-testing results and he was not comfortable doing the surgery because there was a greater risk than they had first thought. He didn’t want to jump into the surgery without further investigation. The woman went through some additional testing and she and the doctor came up with a new game plan. Although very serious, the surgery was done in a more non-invasive way, which led to quicker healing time. Other unplanned things occurred in this process and led to a life-saving intervention. My friend was definitely at the right place at the right time for this situation to happen. If she had been anywhere else when the complication occurred, she would have died. If the doctor had not initially reviewed her case, the risk to my friend would have been catastrophic. All of these steps placed this woman at the right place at the right time. She had faith and everything turned out better than if she had planned it herself. Sometimes we don’t know what’s in our best interest and things change suddenly and unexpectedly. For my friend, this gave her a new lease on life.
When plans change suddenly, it’s best to go with the flow and see where the path takes us. Timing is everything.