I don’t know about you but personal experience has taught me that things don’t just happen for no reason.
Some people call it flow.
Some call it synchronicity.
I’m a man of God so I call it God’s plan.
Whatever you call it, I’m sure there have been events in your life that happen for reasons unknown, at that time, of which you only saw the connection later on.
“Connecting the dots” as Steve Jobs puts it in his famous Stanford commencement speech.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.”
– Steve Jobs
I love that quote. And basically, that’s how I operate these days.
Listening to your heart, listening to your gut, listening to those subtle signs and messages from God or the universe or whatever higher power you believe in.
Just flow with it.
Today was another excellent example of this flow.
Background story: I’ve been trying to find some part-time work for quite some time now. In fact, I spent my entire 2 week term break job hunting. Sending dozens of emails to stores and cafes asking for part-time positions. Even physically approaching them whenever I was in the area.
Admittedly, I was picky.
I only chose to approach restaurants and health food stores that had the “healthy” or “environmentally conscious” #hashtags.
I wanted a job that I could learn and grow from and that related to what I was studying – Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. So I would be maximizing my time.
However, all that effort came up short.
I was constantly ‘rejected’ in the sense that there just wasn’t a position available at that moment or the positions available weren’t what I was aiming for.
By now I’d all but given up the job hunt. Thinking it was God’s plan for me to just focus on my studies.
Then yesterday, Alex (Instagram@alexander_movement) messaged me out of the blue.
“Yo Jahn … Keen to cruise with me for the day?
If you’re interested, I’d like to take you with me to work, and see what you think.
We’ll buy you lunch ”
I just so happens that I usually don’t have classes on Wednesdays. And an opportunity like this doesn’t come knocking on your door everyday. Besides, I’m always up for spending some quality time with a bro and “seeing the world” outside of just the view from my bedroom window while studying. So hell yeah!
2 hours later, I found myself in a part of Auckland’s North Shore which I’ve never been to before. At the headquarters of the Organic Mechanic company.
Alex then drove me to West Auckland, where they stored their packaged Kombucha and showed me how a typical Wednesday of his went by.
Basically it consists of tallying up the orders for the day, getting the boxes lined up, stamped, labelled and ready for the couriers to pick up to deliver to stockists. It was simple, systematic and some good bicep curling work. 💪
When we were done, we had some awesome vegetarian burgers from Jemima’s Kitchen nearby before heading back.
I really enjoyed talking to Alex during the drive.
He’s a pretty “shot” guy – NZ lingo for inspirational. And truly, he’s someone who can motivate and inspire you to do anything.
A quick witted, efficiency machine with a wicked sense of humor, he also kinda feels like an older brother I never had.
It helps that we’re both from the same part of the globe and can connect through South-East Asian cuisine like the different kinds of chillies.
As we talked, I found out that the Organic Mechanic core team have been looking for someone to take over this role. To free him up for some other roles in the future as their business expands.
So far, they haven’t really found the person with the right feels or fit.
Then I came into their circle through one random message on the Facebook Movement Culture group. In a nutshell, I only met these bunch of amazing human beings through a weekly movement class I recently started attending conducted by the legend, Power Serge.
Another coincidence? I think not.
Since then, we’ve connected really well and in all honesty, I truly enjoy their company.
I get such good vibes whenever I’m around them.
My respect for them only grew when I found out more about their business and vision behind the company. Basically, it is much more than just selling smoothies, healthy breakfast bowls and kombucha on weekends at the La Cigale French Market.
It’s about inspiring people to be the change they want to be in the world. To raise the positive “vibes” of the planet, to treat food as medicine, to heal their bodies and consequently, to heal their minds. To create a “conscious revolution” – to be more conscious of what you think, say, do and feel and it impacts the world around you.
Basically to use their business, products and message as a “vehicle of transformation” – Alex randomly coined that term today.
And the way their company culture works is also by the “flow” of things.
They don’t put out ads hoping to find the right person for the job.
They just wait and see who “flows” into their lives, or into their circle.
I was deeply honored and grateful that they thought I’d fit in.
Maybe all those rejections and unsuccessful job hunting was meant to be.
Maybe God had this all planned from the start. For me to have no classes on Wednesdays so it would be free for this?
As for gut or heart feelings, I had some pretty good ones from the moment I met these guys.
And I’m excited to see how the future unfolds.
So here’s a lesson on flow:
Treat each day like an adventure in an unknown but magical land.
There are so many paths and decisions you can take, each one leading to an unknown destination.
However, there is always one path that gets your feelings stirred up.
One path that just happens to “fall into place”.
One path that feels “nice to walk on”, that just connects.
Follow your feels.
Follow your instincts, your gut feelings … your heart.
Take that path.
Usually, it’s an “easy” path. Meaning you don’t have to try so hard.
Sometimes there seems like there isn’t a path at all.
That’s also okay.
Just be patient.
Maybe you are meant to stay where you are for a little longer.
To let some magic unfold before your eyes.
Or around you.
Or to have some special people come into your lives.
And make some magic happen.
Believe in the magic.
And when it comes,
just flow with it.