This is one of my most favorite phrases. To be at the right place at the right time is really the best feeling, isn’t it? You know when you’re feeling extra lucky or something absolutely perfect happens. Recently, I’ve been feeling this all the time. It’s weird, but kind of amazing.
An email from someone I thought I’d never hear from again that couldn’t have come at a better time.
Meeting someone by chance on the sidewalk who turned into a complete blessing!
Running behind for something and then bumping into a mini-celebrity on the corner.
The list goes on.
But here’s what I think. We’re always in the right place at the right time. For good times. For not-so-good times. For the boring times and the exciting times. Honestly, you’re always exactly right where you should be… even if it doesn’t feel like it.
This is definitely something that my favorite book Zen and the Art of Happiness would agree on. Actually, it probably said this a million times just not in a way that truly sunk in with me. It’s kind of a new angle that I hadn’t really considered. Now I get it even more.
One of my friends was kind of resentful about something that happened years and years ago. It definitely changed the course of what he assumed his life plan was. But I reminded him that that he was right where he needed to be. This moment, this time, and this place was right for him. Replaying and wishing won’t get him anywhere!
I’ve been trying to keep track of how I feel when I have those Right Place, Right Time (capital letters necessary) moments so I can remember that feeling when I don’t really feel like I’m in the right place or the right time. (Like when I’m trapped underground on the subway for fifteen minutes due to “train traffic ahead of us.”) Bottling that feeling so I can relive it when I don’t feel like it has been an amazing little trick for me.
My attitude is better. I have less frustration. And I’m totally learning to appreciate every moment for what it is and not for what it’s not. You know what? It’s also painting every experience I have in a positive light!
Count. Me. In.
Oh! It reminded me too of one of my favorite quotes by Oprah: “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”