It’s been a busy two weeks as I’ve cleared out the old to make way for the new.
All part of the process of manifesting a goal.
As I was getting ready for bed last night I came to understand that some goals take longer than expected because a lot has to happen first.
In a previous post I wrote of being 13 and thinking while watching a movie that it would be cool to live in a certain type of house in a certain type of neighborhood featured in the movie. At the time my family was in no position to achieve it and in any case, my vision wasn’t that of my parents. Needless to say, a lot had to happen between then and now for me to attain that goal.
I lived in a lot of places between then and now and went through a number of life changes along the path to the goal.
It’s no different when looking to achieve a career goal.
There came a time where I decided I wanted to be a technical consultant. In spite of having taken programming in college and using a computer since I was a teen, I didn’t have the skills when I made the decision.
A lot had to happen.
I spent the next years immersed in classes and activities that filled in skill gaps.
Though an agreement had been in place at my place of employment that once I met a set of criteria I would be promoted, when I met the requirements, the company was in a downturn and there was no headcount.
The Universe Steps In
On the other side of the world
Germany, to be exact
A woman fell in love with a US citizen who happened to be working for the same company I was. They decided whoever got a job in the other’s country first would move. As it turned out the American who was a TC in Silicon Valley was the one to make the move.
There is a great deal of kismet to this manifestation but suffice it to say that the Universe had bigger plans for me. Instead of getting a promotion where I worked – one that didn’t come with a raise – I got a bigger promotion and a significant raise.
And a cost of living adjustment.
I eventually left corporate to focus on a lifelong goal of being a novelist.
Thanks to an interesting set of circumstances, I ended up publishing nonfiction first.
In the years since publishing Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity, I’ve experienced a number of life changing events, each of which has nudged me – by hook or by crook – along the path of my career goals. What I’ve come to see in recent weeks is that the path is not only long it’s often like a switchback trail where you sometimes wonder if you’re even going in the right direction let alone have a hope in hell of getting where you are headed.
There is a beautiful 11 mile trail in Sedona that left Aaron and I both wondering this at times.
I think he has video of me with needles from a friendly prickly pear sticking out of my shirt in several places from when I took a wrong turn and got off the path.
Path To a Series
Port Gallatan has simultaneously been fun and infuriating as I’ve tried to build out my vision for the series.
Other work and life in general kept throwing wrenches.
The Universe Steps In
I was so busy working at the macro level of the career goals I didn’t notice that the actions I was taking were in fact clearing a number of obstacles from the Port Gallatan path!
I am happy to say Blue Skye in the Rain, follow-up to Port In a Storm is well on its way to completion.
Availability date to be announced soon.
I’ll take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Holloween!
Closing with a joke I read in an email this morning.
What did Dracula say when the witch and the werewolf started kissing?
Get a broom!