Timing Can Be Everything

Rule 39: There is no such thing as a coincidence. Gibbs doesn’t believe in coincidence. Rule 39 was first mentioned in “Obsession” (Episode 21, Season 7).  This is an NCIS reference if you do not follow that show.

Last Friday, the monthly submission to my Read and Critique group was due.  I had no plans to submit anything and was not motivated to even pretend to write something up.

When I opened my email on Friday morning, I saw a Brevity essay by Cindy Sims,

The Write Stuff: On Pushcarts, Lorrie Moore, and Writing Past Sixty

I read it and it was exactly the push I needed to submit some poetry and short essays from this blog.

Coincidentally, I commented on a blog post by Crystal Byers,https://crystalbyers.com/2017/10/02/wait-and-hope-and-other-mantras/ because she had commented on one of my recent posts. It was a blog post she had written a few years ago after Hurricane Harvey. Her comment was:

“After ten months in a La Quinta, we returned to our reconstructed home in the summer of 2018. I started blogging thanks to Hurricane Harvey, so there’s that. Life moves on. Thank you for the encouragement today! I needed some of my own uplifting.”