May 8, 2014

Patterns Of Success: Real or Coincidence?

Quilt made by my great grandmother
© Barbara V. Evers, All rights reserved
Life follows patterns.  You might not recognize it during the unfolding of a pattern, but, as the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20.  For me the patterns surface in odd ways.  If I run into someone I worked with in a previous company, it's like the floodgates open, and I start running into several people from that company, people I haven't seen in years.

In training, requests for particular topics often follow trends.  Over the last few months, I've seen an increase in requests for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This assessment allows people to understand their behavior as well as the behaviors of those around them.  It's one of my favorite topics to train, and I enjoy watching the workshop participants as they begin to apply  the concepts to their understanding of each other. Interestingly, this trend has extended beyond my typical business clients to include church and writing groups.  Since I believe everyone benefits from understanding how different people are wired, I'm thrilled to comply with these requests.

In our writing group, the patterns point to individual successes.  David Burnsworth published his debut novel in February (check back next week for an interview with David and a chance to win a signed copy of his book).  Another member, Irena Tervo, won the Hub City/Emrys Creative Writing Contest.  This is the third year in a row one of our chapter's members has won this prestigious award.  A short story from yet another member of our group, Bob Strother, will be made into a short film for the Expecting Goodness Film Festival through Hub City Writers Project. This is the second year one of our members has enjoyed this honor.

Although he's not part of our writing group, I would be remiss (and thoroughly chastised) if I didn't mention that my brother, Henry Vogel, has just published his first book.

With all of these patterns unfolding, I'm hoping for more positive outcomes in the next few months.

Do you believe patterns occur in life or is it just chance?  What patterns have you seen?

3 comments:

Luvs to Write said...


Congratulations on the first novel!
I can't wait to read it. My favorite patterns are the four seasons, as is my favorite music,
"The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi. Hey,
I never put that together before!
Blessings Melissa Williams

Barbara V. Evers said...

Melissa, thanks for the congrats. I'll pass that along to David and Henry. And I love The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, too.

Irena Tervo said...

I love this idea about patterns. Yes, good things are happening. It's important to celebrate that. And your success is unfolding every day! Thank you for your inspiring words.