Why Timing Is Everything

Published on: August 17, 2015

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Universal Forces At Play In The Backdrop Of Your Life

“All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.” –  Miyamoto Musashi

Timing is that compelling force apparent when chance and coincidence collide. It is observed in universal order and the seasons which arrive and recede. The ocean tides are influenced according to the moon’s gravity and the planets’ orbit according to the sun’s gravity. Recognised by Carl Jung, synchronistic events relate to meaningful coincidences that occur with no causal relationship, yet are related. When we have a pressing question and a book falls off the shelf which contains the answer, or the phone rings from a friend who we were just thinking of, these are examples of synchronicity. It is author Dan Millman who captures this sentiment when he writes in Living on Purpose: “I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything… at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.” How does timing and synchronicity play its role within the cosmos? Well, the wise man learns to collaborate with this occurrence, just as a farmer sows his seeds expecting the coming harvest. In my book The Power to Navigate Life, I elude to timing as the art of allowing: “Rather than becoming attached to your own agenda, that governs the timing of how things should play out in your life; you come from a place of allowing which is seeded in infinite possibilities.” What works one season may be unsuitable the next. We adjust by working with the forces of life instead of opposing them.Where have you witnessed timing work in your favour throughout your life? Was it with respect to a career, chance meeting, finding a new home or otherwise?

For example, in his acclaimed book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell illustrates how timing plays a role in chance opportunities. He cites the births of young men and their demographic fortune as significant factors in determining their success. Knowing this, is there a connection between timing, fate and destiny? Well, consider Amy Neftzger’s perspective in her book, The Ferryman in which she states: “The problem with Fate is that no matter how many times you call out to her, she has her own timing that’s irrelevant to whatever anyone else happens to be doing.” She is eluding to the fact that even fate and destiny are bound by the constraints of time. It begs the question: why do particular situations transpire with little effort, compared with earlier attempts? Certainly, timing plays a role? To make better use of timing is to be in touch with our intuition. Most people use conscious thought alone to make major life decisions. Read any biography on successful CEOs, and it’s clear they profited from using intuition to make astute business decisions. What does this mean to you in relation to timing? How can you harness timing in your life? Appreciate that universal forces are at play in the backdrop of your life conspiring in your favour, even when it doesn’t seem that way. Often plans don’t work out as expected because timing commands something better is yet to arrive. Viewed in this light, timing serves to guide our passage through life where our decisions correspond to the flow of energy instead of opposing what is taking place.

Trust Life Is Serving Your Needs

“Timing, degree and conviction are the three wise men in this life.” –  R. I. Fitzhenry

It is natural that people associate timing with meeting their life partner. In several instances the individual may have experienced misfortunes leading to a successful connection. Timing serves a role to uphold cohesive order and orchestrates the natural flow of events. Actions fall into place because of universal timing and when combined with synchronicity, bring those events into our awareness to seize our attention. So, how can we make better use of timing in our lives? For starters, we can appreciate the natural rhythm of life. This means we needn’t push for things to happen, instead we should recognise circumstances seldom follow an ordered pattern. For example, when conditions are beyond our control, timing may be a barrier. To labour ahead obscured by the truth is unfavourable to achieving a positive outcome. Our thoughts are subject to timing. It may be difficult to grasp ideas at a certain time, while later with a raise in awareness the learnings are reinforced with little effort. The flow of thoughts dictates some days are tempered while other days are erratic. “One can’t live mindfully without being enmeshed in psychological processes that are around us,” affirms Philip G. Zimbardo in his book The Time Paradox. How do you feel about this idea of not pushing for things to happen but rather allow the process of life to unfold?

Thus, timing gives rise to changes in the psychological process which affect us. It bodes well to co-operate with the natural forces of life by linking time, coincidence and opportunity to favourable outcomes. Ordered Chaos is a powerful phenomenon where events unfold in our favour. If we stay grounded, we can trust life to serve our needs beyond our limited knowledge. My greatest life experiences happened when I least expected them, through random chaos. What seemed erratic at first was only my perception of the event. As I suspend judgement, I let go of how these events should materialise and allow universal timing to play her role in establishing my reality. My task is to keep my thoughts and emotions in check without succumbing to what unfolds. Considering this, we return to Dan Millman’s opening passage, which invites us to perform all our activities in line with timing. This is because timing is everything since it is the glue which binds the cosmos and the natural flow of events.

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