It was darker under the blankets as the boy held the flashlight over the dull-green plastic, action figure. It seemed so synthetic, so lifeless as it sat in his tiny hands. But after the flashlight was turned off, the figure came to life with a majestic glow.
The boy was mesmerized by the trails of light that followed the figure as he waved it back and forth under his hidden fortress.
He would later learn the element that made things glow originated from plants. As he dove further into his research, he even found a story about a bear that got caught up in a glowing plant, stumbled into a village, then terrorized everyone as they believed he was a ghost.
But that was many years ago as the boy was now a man.
As he sat in the boardroom uncomfortably waiting for the interviewer, he wondered why such a memory was entering into his mind. Before his thoughts could continue to disrupt him, the interviewer came into the room. She was in her mid-forties, tall, nicely dressed, and had a folder tucked under her left arm. The natural grey highlights in her shoulder-length hair, complimented her professional persona.
After greeting the man with a firm handshake, she sat down and opened the folder.
“So, what brings you to want to be a part our company?” she asked, as she sat back and clicked her pen open.
But before the man could answer, he felt a rush of energy as he looked at the first line of the questionnaire. Without realizing it, he was smiling from ear to ear.
“What is it?” the woman asked?
“Fate.” the man answered, lifting his gaze from the paper and back to the woman.
“Would you care to explain?” she continued, looking confused.
“Your questionnaire.” he answered, pointing towards the open folder. “There’s a hidden acronym. It brought back a very fond memory for me. A memory of wonder, wanting to learn more about the world, understand it, and explore it. It’s that same memory that put me on the path to becoming a chemist. This, is why I’m here.”
The woman smiled and nodded her head as if the man’s answer was the best she had heard all day. However, she was still confused by what it had to do with the worksheet, as there was no obvious acronym that she could see.
“Look here.” the man said as he pointed to the first line of the questionnaire.
It read; Geotech Laboratories Opportunity Worksheet
He then spent the next several minutes describing his first experience with phosphors as a child, and how that moment shaped his life. In fact, he was so excited about sharing his synchronicity that he almost forgot he was in a job interview.
As the interview came to an end, the woman stood up and thanked the man for his unique, and passionate, story.
Within a week, he found himself at the toy story celebrating his new employment by purchasing a small glow-in-the-dark action figure.
Just like the one he had as a child.
There’s a wonderful connection that we make that is rarely seen. It’s that same connection that brings two or more people together. Some call it coincidence, or synchronicity. Some people even call it fate. For me, it is called parallel awareness. And, it leaves a trail in everything we do, touch, or embrace.
For the character, it was a simple, yet fond memory, which brought him to be hired by a company that would help to extend his purpose. And for them, he would become an integral part of their community as he offered the same in return.
I also believe that the things most people don’t see, are the ones that give us the most value. It is our perspective, not just our empathy or understanding, which allows us to appear so unique in seemingly dull-green, world.