I ordered a tech doodad from Amazon for my office here at Chenille Books. It cost $40, and would solve a problem. No big deal, right? About 5 or ten minutes to install it, and I’d be off and running again, better than ever. Hardly worth mentioning, right?
Except when it didn’t arrive. I investigated, the way you do when something doesn’t go as planned.
- I went online and tracked the UPS tracking number.
- I had a nice online chat with a representative at Amazon
- I tracked it obsessively on the UPS website
We’ve experienced an unexpected issue
There had been an error of some sort.
- More chats with Amazon
- Emails from Amazon
- Emails from UPS
- A phone call with Amazon
I asked myself – how badly did I want this doodad, anyway? You know sometimes the effort exceeds the value you receive in return….
Okay. Two days later, UPS tells me – success! They delivered the package! – it has been signed for! It was delivered to “Office”!
Except there’s no one here with the name of the person who signed for it. Also, there’s no package.
UPS’s website says when this happens I should ask the neighbors.
Okay, I walk out the front door of the office suite where I work, and start canvassing in the businesses next door. Nope. Nothing.
I’m just about to contact Amazon again when I hear someone coming.
It’s the owner of this building, with a package for me!
UPS decided they should deliver my little doodad to the landlady, whose office is about a mile away.
And she decided to bring it to me, hand delivered. In the end, I didn’t have to do anything further. It came to me!
Why am I telling you this story?
To remind us all that sometimes, no matter how methodical and persistent you are, the answer just drops in on you, completely unexpected. And perhaps even more welcome!
I hope that a pesky situation you’re in gets resolved this way for you today.
When you do everything as you should, and continue to follow the dots, you can still be surprised when it all works out.
The hooky-pooky factor
If I wanted to get all hooky-pooky on you, I’d say this story shows that by staying open to possibility, sometimes things just show up for you. You can follow the dots. You can persist. And then, in the end, help drops in from an unexpected source.
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