The Accident

Sometimes the Universe gives you a subtle nudge.

And sometimes, it knocks you down to get your attention.

In a very chance meeting at a flea market, I struck up a conversation with a young man selling his record collection. He worked at a local teaching facility that was looking to hire. I had been thinking about a job change for a while, and decided I’d pursue the opportunity.

He suggested that I drop off my resume, and schedule an interview with the staff director.

Without doing the proper research, I showed up the next day at the facility.

As I arrived, I stepped out of my car and turned my foot outward into a small break in the parking lot pavement.Girl_crutches-thumb-300xauto-101

I had done this before many times with little consequence. So, I brushed myself off, dropped off my resume and went about my business.

A few hours later, the swelling set in.

Broken 5th metatarsal in my left foot.

My employer at the time was very sympathetic and I discovered the benefit of employee accident insurance; theyย paid 80% of my wages while I took off 2 months to heal.

I never did make it to that school interview.

Two months later, I read about several incidents of sexual assault at the facility. It turns out that it was a school for behaviorally challenged students that had been referred when the local public schools ran out of discipline options.

I’m sure that somewhere between that flea market conversation and the interview, I would have learned more about the nature of the school.

A broken foot spared me the trouble.

I got the message.


Inspired by the post “The Universe Listens” by Sue Dreamwalker.


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101 Responses to The Accident

  1. C.E.Robinson says:

    Ouch! Painful, but important message, Van! Really believe all things happen for a reason. I’d prefer delays, schedule changes, etc., though! Happy Friday! ๐Ÿ’› Elizabeth

  2. Judy Martin says:

    Funny how life sometimes steps in! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. George says:

    Sometimes we don’t understand the moment, but if we pay attention life eventually explains it to us.

  4. Wow Van! That is something! A perfect example of how we think we want something but it turns out it is not for us. In your case, you poor thing being injured so badly, but wow what a turn of events. I look back and so many things I felt were perfect for me and it turns out they were not! Watch out for those cracks Van! xx

  5. I agree with you. I think there are often messages behind those coincidences.

  6. Got to love the way that life speaks to us is strange ways. This sounds strange, but I’m glad that you broke your metawhatsies. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes Van sometimes the Universe takes things into its own hands.. If you read further down in my comments section on the post you so kindly linked too..( Many thanks for that ) ๐Ÿ™‚ The Universe tried diverting me to a job I had an interview with, I learnt the hard way. at that time.. lol..
    Sorry to hear you had such a long time off work.. But you were saved from I am sure more wounds from the environment you would have been working in .. Have a wonderful Evening

  8. I totally believe that happens, Van, and sometimes I don’t think we even know how we were spared. When I get a flat tire or get stuck behind a slow driver, I always figure the universe was delaying me so I’d miss getting flattened by a semi ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It always has me wondering, D. I seem to have internalized the belief that there is really no such thing as an ‘accident’. I’ve only had 1 flat tire, ever, and I was on my way out of town. I postponed the trip, for other reasons, but still. ??? Thanks. ๐Ÿ’–

  9. Providence chose to break your leg to get your attention indeed and saved you a lot of angst. I keep saying to people, even when I don’t see the whole picture, all things work together for good. Brilliant post.

  10. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    Wow…guess the stars did align that time! Lucky.

  11. Elissa says:

    See that…someone always has a bigger plan!

  12. To think of all the other pains we have been spared from. Glad it wasn’t worse – with both the foot and the facility!

  13. Val Boyko says:

    Makes me pause …
    And look where I’m stepping!

  14. Hubs always says, “Listen to the voices.” I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason – You, my friend, have some good karma!

  15. LaVagabonde says:

    Isn’t it funny how things work out?

  16. lbeth1950 says:

    One evening, I was on the way home from work when I was prompted to “go this way today.” I ignored it. Somebody smacked me in the rear at the next light.

    • How often we ignore those instincts, even when we feel them strongly. I have so much more respect for them now. As the years go by, I pay closer attention. Thanks. ๐Ÿ’•

  17. lbeth1950 says:

    Reblogged this on Nutsrok and commented:
    Reblog fed from Vanbytheriver. Listen to that little voice.

  18. Fiona says:

    Serendipity. Funny how the universe takes care of us – if we let it. Hope all’s healed.

    • It was quite a while ago, Fiona.โ˜บ Thanks. I’ve been warned that those breaks/sprains are trouble spots for future arthritic conditions. Not sure about that, but I’m watchful.

      • Fiona says:

        I’m sorry to say that yes they are. I had a nasty car accident nearly 35 years ago, and which had me in hospital for 3 weeks. My knees deteriorated because of no physio – wasn’t done in those days if you had broken bones. I had a crushed vertebra. Anyhow, also as a consequence of that accident I have also done my fair share of tripping and landing squarely on my knees. I now seriously feel my knees and hips – particularly when it’s cold. You can support your joints though with supplements – omega oils, among others. I’m giving that a go.

      • I had a knee dislocation at age 40. At the ER, they put an immobilizer cast on the leg to stabilize. In a very short time, muscle tissue was destroyed. Had I been an athlete, for example, they’d have started PT right away, and I wouldn’t have had to learn to walk again. Interesting orthopedic handling ? I hope the omega oils help you. I understand the tripping and falling, even though I’ve never had a serious accident like yours. Be well, Fiona. โ˜บ Thanks for sharing.

  19. Lisa A. says:

    Wow! I’m sorry it had to happen to you that way but I like the way you’re looking at it. I hope you heal well and get to feeling better. I know it’s a cliche but…things always happen for a reason.

  20. Trev Jones says:

    Yes, everything seems to happen for a reason. I think the older I get, the more I appreciate that sometimes things happen that really suck, but they happen to protect us from something else.

  21. olganm says:

    Sometimes we need the distance of time to fully realise and interpret what happened. I guess it was a lucky…break in a way.

  22. It does make you wonder if somebody is watching over us. It’s happened to me a few times and I often look up, smile and say thank you.
    I hope the foot heals soon, Van.
    Take care.

    • Thanks, Hugh. All better. This happened about 15 years ago. I was prompted by Sue Dreamwalker’s post on listening to the Universe. I’ve had so many life examples…this one stuck out for me. โ˜บ

      • Ah, glad to hear it wasn’t a recent event. I’m wondering if you’ve had anymore near misses like this since this one?

      • A few. But none as significant as this one. And mostly having to do with travel, conducting daily business, small investments, picking the right restaurant, avoiding dangerous weather, etc. โ˜บ

  23. BunKaryudo says:

    It sounds like your painful foot may well have been the lesser of two evils.

  24. Sometimes the path we are following is interrupted so that we are redirected to something better. Happy everything worked out for you.

  25. Yep! Sometimes we have to get hit in the head to get the message!

  26. O.u.c.h.! The universe has spoken. Loud and clear. Wow. Sorry about the pain. Sometimes change –good change–comes in unusual ways. โค โค โค

  27. Sadie's Nest says:

    Wow, talk about things happening for a reason! It reminds me of the scripture referring to how even things intended for bad can be turned into something good.

  28. macjam47 says:

    Now that’s what I call a lucky break. I hope you heal quickly.

  29. Norah says:

    Sorry to hear about your injury. I hope you are fully recovered. Maybe the down time provided thinking time. Every cloud has a silver lining – or perhaps this one did?

  30. Oh, Van! Yes you got the message but what a way to do it. Hope you heal quickly. Bummer!

  31. be well Van…sending healing vibes โ˜บ๏ธ

  32. Talk about catching a break. ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. amommasview says:

    And life did it again… Isn’t it interesting, how things work out sometimes? Hope you’re well!

  34. Nick Verron says:

    Everything happens for a reason. It has made me appreciate life to know that bad things in my life have started me away from certain disaster/ towards better things ๐Ÿ˜€

  35. We are definitely guided; although during these times we don’t see it too clearly until later in life. Thanks for sharing.

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