the best outcome

I had an interview scheduled last week for a short-term market research project.  While I was qualified for the position, I wondered how to handle questions about one area in which I didn’t have much experience.  Unfortunately, that seemingly harmless thought launched a litany of self-doubt.  Thankfully, while journaling last weekend, I asked myself more meaningful questions. 

Why does a company hire someone for short-term market research?  I could easily answer that question:  often because its business isn’t doing well.  Knowing that I was uncovering something important, I dug a little further.  Why does a company hire someone only on a short-term basis?  My answer:  usually because they don’t have a budget to hire a full-time (and often much-needed) resource.

Suddenly, I sympathized with the vice president who was to interview me.  She must be under a lot of pressure, I thought.  And she was probably worried about the company, maybe even her own job.  In a moment, I discovered that I could go to the interview seeing from her perspective. Then I understood that by empathizing and connecting with her not on only a business level, but also a human level, the interview would be a success—whether or not I got the job. 

Don’t get me wrong:  part of me was definitely excited about having the short-term contract.  But the idea of approaching this interview from a place of compassion and empathy felt so completely different, I knew it was simply right.  I asked for the best outcome for the woman I had never met and for me.  Along with that request, I set an intention to remain open, to trust whatever that outcome might be.  After releasing the interview and the position, I was in this strange Zen-like space for the rest of the weekend:  I would be fine if I got the job, and fine if I didn’t. 

On Monday morning, the recruiter called to inform me that their client had canceled the entire contract.  I was tempted to be disappointed, but couldn’t ignore the fact that I had released this situation in its entirety just two days earlier.  The universe had simply responded.  When I later saw a job posting at the same company for a newly created full-time position, I could easily imagine the vice president’s relief of getting what she needed all along.  And that synchronicity reminds me that the universe is providing the same for me.

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