Ask and Ye Shall Receive
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Crimes to the Third Degree.
Sometimes itâ€™s really not a coincidence. Especially not if you asked for it.
My bossâ€™ boss asked that I research a certain topic and brief him in 2 days. Normally that wouldnâ€™t be a problem, but I was stuck in back-to-back meetings for 2 days where Iâ€™d been called in to give my â€œout of the boxâ€ (their term) thinking on how to salvage a program that would help our soldiers in the field. I wasnâ€™t sure when I was supposed to get this research done, but it turned out to be an area that Iâ€™m one of the regional experts on. Worst case, I could throw together the info at home in the evening.
Just one little glitch. The Big Boss wanted me to verify some background info with someone.
First, I had no time to meet with this person.
And second, I wasnâ€™t sure if she was even around, still. I knew that sheâ€™d changed jobs at least twice and offices at least twice and meanwhile, Iâ€™d changed jobs once and offices three times. I hadnâ€™t seen her in 3 years. I thought she might have taken a job in D.C. last summer. Crap. There was no way I was going to get to talk to her.
So, sitting in the second grueling day of meetings, I silently sent out a request to the Universe that I be able to get the last tidbit of info from her for my report. About 15 minutes later, as the meeting degraded into watching paint dry on the walls and I felt my usefulness was done, I told the sweetheart of a captain I was working with that I was leaving. Instead of taking the elevator or the main exit, I suddenly thought better of it and decided to leave the building by the side doorâ€”something I havenâ€™t done in years.
I walked the length of the building, all the way down the long hall toward the side door and stairwell. About five feet from the door, a woman popped around the corner of a cubicle and we almost collided. Guess who!
So 5 minutes later, I had all the info I needed. I walked straight to the Big Bossâ€™ office and delivered my report verbally.
When I went home, I was still smiling. I just love a good â€œcoincidence.â€