This is the shirt I wore on the day I interviewed for the job that would be offered to me only hours later.
This is it hanging upside down to dry, in the basement. It looked better with a human inside of it ~ but this moment is important, so I captured it.
You see ~ I almost called it my Lucky Shirt last week. And in that moment of almost saying that out loud, I paused at the folly of attributing something wonderful to – a shirt.
We do this a lot, we human beings. We neglect to acknowledge, recognize or fully honour what we bring to people, events and circumstances every day ~ and attribute outcomes to other factors.
Yes, I chose my Interview Outfit carefully ~ colours that accentuated skin tone and hair colour, shapes that flattered my own and an overall look that identified me as up-to-date, professional, but not over-the-top. More importantly, however – I chose with even MORE care the Attitude and Approach I would bring, the Words and Emotion I would share, the Listening and Sharing I would do ~ and the impression that best said, “Gosh, I’d love this job.”
So, in reality ~ the shirt had little to do with it. And yet, in the blink of an eye – I was willing to attribute the outcome to Luck, a Lucky Shirt, no less.
I’ll bet you do this too. Perhaps not with articles of clothing ~ but with something, perhaps many things, that are external to you – diminishing all you bring to everything.
Are you lucky for the people in your life; your friends, family, co-workers? Are you lucky for the home in which you live, the food you eat, the health you enjoy? Is it really Luck that led you here? Or, as I’d guess, something far more powerful … YOU created it, for yourself, by bringing all that you are to all that you do.
I’ve always appreciated Oprah’s definition of Luck: it is when Preparation meets Opportunity.
And sometimes, the grace of Timing …