We’ve often heard the phrase, “Timing is everything.” Whether it’s the timing of a new relationship blooming, an old friendship drowning, a new opportunity on the horizon, or an attempt to succeed gone wrong, timing always plays a critical role. Yet how true does this statement hold?
Many people believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe most things happen for a reason. The other 10% occur because of sheer, dumb luck or sometimes, by miserable coincidence. But timing… it really is everything. Say you have an incredible job opportunity arise, but don’t have the means to accept it because the risks outweigh the benefits at that current point in time. The opportunity is great, but the timing is all wrong. However, declining that opportunity could lead to a bigger, better opportunity down the road. Say you make a huge investment in something or someone, when suddenly, another aspect of your life comes crashing down. If you had held off on the first investment, perhaps the timing of this second incident wouldn’t seem so severe. Finally, let’s say you have a wonderful relationship with someone, but stomped all over people to obtain an ideal state of happiness that doesn’t actually exist. It’s only a matter of time until the longevity and strength of that relationship runs out. All in all, you’ll wish you had been more careful with the timing in every choice you’ve made.
This isn’t to say you should live your life cautiously. It also isn’t to say that you should live your life dangerously. There needs to be a balance. There are times when you take a risk, only to find it was the wrong choice. But there are other times where you realize how much you’ve gained by taking a certain risk. When making decisions such as these, it’s important to consider not only yourself, but also those around you. You could be affecting others in a much larger way than you ever imagined. Trust me.
So the next time you have a decision to make, don’t jump at your gut reaction. Consider your gut, listen to your heart, and think logically with your head. While all these can lead to conflicting emotions, it’s better to consider each and every possible scenario than none at all. Consider yourself lucky if timing has always been on your side and continues to be that way. If you have timing, then essentially, you have everything.