Just go

Serendipity is a pretty amazing thing.  Be it chance or luck or karma or the universe putting opportunities in your path, when it happens, it’s really cool.  I was traveling recently and had a layover from a red eye flight in Dallas.  Prevailing winds were so strong eastbound that we landed 25 minutes earlier than scheduled and I think we were the first flight into DFW that day.  I had a several hour layover so I headed to the lounge to freshen up, grab some refreshments and check my email.  Most airport lounges offer free wifi which is an awesome perk.  We were so early to arrive that the lounge still had a half an hour before it opened.  When the doors finally swung open, there were quite a few of us rushing them and the elevators were full with each trip.  I happened to notice the suitcase of one of my fellow stuffed in people.  It was from a now defunct network that was affiliated with several stations I used to sell.  I commented to the owner how much I missed that network and asked what station he was with.  He replied “no station” and I continued to babble on thinking all the while he looked like a sports guy I must have seen on a promotional piece somewhere.  So I then asked him if he was with the network and he replied no, he was on a show for them.  The elevator doors then opened, mind you all this happened in a 1 floor lift ride and we dispersed into the club.  Me to freshen up and him to parts unknown.

As I was de-stinking all my parts, I was thinking about the interchange that had just happened and what to do about it.  I’ve had several opportunities recently where I’ve been in the same place as a person of note but either because of nerves or shyness or respect for their privacy haven’t taken advantage of them.  And I’ve kicked myself each time.  So I wasn’t about to let this opportunity pass me by.  I left the bathroom and commenced my search for this person.  I soon found him relaxing with a cup of coffee and approached saying “can I pick your brain?  Feel free to tell me to go pound sand but I’m an actress and I’d love to hear your story.”  And he most graciously said sure and put up with my questions for the next 90 minutes.

So this guy has had quite a bit of success in his professional life.  Call it luck, call it earned, call it whatever you want but one of the nuggets he shared in a bucketful of nuggets is something his Dad said to do and that was to just go.  I think the puzzled expression on my face spoke volumes so he elaborated.  Even if it’s a job where you don’t think it’s right for you, or the character is someone you don’t connect with or the pay may not be what you’re used to, just go, do your best as you never know what may come of that opportunity.  Resist the urge to say “nah” but instead jump at the chance to work.  There may be people at that gig that will hire you, finance your next project or recommend you for something.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said “nah” in the past.  But in the future, I’ll be saying “yah” a lot more!


I love that word.  And I actually even like the movie with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale of the same name.  Webster’s defines the word as the faculty or phenomenon of valuable or finding agreeable things not sought for.  In other words discovering the unexpected treasures in our lives.  It can be as simple as scoring rock star parking in front of a crowded restaurant, having a lunch meeting turn a relationship from one of business to one of friendship or even rediscovering an old photo you’d forgotten about.  Taking the time to relish in the discovery and recognize it for what it is, a gift.  All to often, we just scootch into the parking spot without a thought, part company at the door without a backward glance or chuck the photo in a drawer.  If we could just slow down a bit and see the smile on a stranger’s face, hear the laughter of a child, feel the warmth of the sun on our face on a cold winter’s day, think how much better our lives would be.  We exist on a semi-conscious auto pilot for most of our waking hours, mostly out of necessity to get through our complicated lives.  Rushing here and there, checking off to-do’s when we know there will be another daunting list to be accomplished tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.

The old cliche says to stop and smell the roses.  I think it’s to become aware of the gifts serendipity brings to our life and not take them for granted.