Making the most of a delightfully unstructured weekend to do a bit of writing, and it dawned on me at some point this week that we might suddenly be running up on the anniversary of a few key milestones that happened last year in September.
For folks with any interest in the timeline of our journey, I think I tried to capture the 18 month “blow by blow” in an earlier post (link here), but for the sake of this specific milestone- the critical steps in our journey to this new life (aka the hard ones) all pretty much happened in September and October last year. From telling my dear friend, boss and trench-mate that we were putting the house on the market (a day I’ll never forget…) to watching the for sale sign go up in front of 301 S. Henry. We had a lot of big days in September and October 2017, but it’s fun to look back and see the evidence of one of those days – the day I sent my letter of introduction to John Roche, CEO of the TRF.
It all started with some heartfelt words on a blank page.
For all the heartache, hand-wringing and projecting we did to get ourselves extracted from our old life, it’s kind of funny that both Bobby and I started down the path to here with a letter to one individual person who had only the foggiest of notions who we were… and for both of us, those single letters of introduction resulted in our current jobs. We basically took aim at the bullseye of two seemingly impossibly unavailable and insanely specific targets, launched our arrows… and hoped, prayed & dreamed – and the universe totally did the rest.
On September 21, 2017 I signed, sealed and mailed this letter to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation:
And, (with a lot of ups and downs in between) on May 1 2018 I started in the job that I was envisioning as I wrote this letter. That role did not exist when I wrote this letter… so the question is, did my writing the letter put something in motion in the universe to trigger the events that unfolded over the following four months to lead to John calling me on February 12th to tell me an opportunity was going to be available by the end of the month? Maybe? It sure seems like evidence that if you not only visualize your dream, but then put it out there visibly, verbally and in writing, it sure seems to help make it more likely to happen.
If I can get the Maven’s OK, I’ll try to share his version of this story. His “message in a bottle” was sent in an email, April 2017…
For now, if there’s one single thing that I feel I’ve learned from this journey is that there’s no downside, and possibly a huge upside, to just simply speaking your dreams out loud. If you say so clearly enough, perhaps loudly enough, at the right time, to the right person, they might just happen.
So, what’s my next dream?
More on that later!