Monday, March 16, 2015


by Kate Collins

Have you seen the new ABC show called, “In An Instant”? Each show is about someone’s horrendous experience and how s/he survived it. I’ve watched it twice and am hooked, because each episode’s outcome reaffirms my belief in miracles.

But the show also made me think about some of my own life-changing events that occurred “in an instant.” I’ve had several of them, mostly good, one tragic. But this blog is about one particular wonderful miracle that happened because of a spur-of-the-moment decision.

I was a stay-at-home mom struggling to become a published novel writer, dealing with a failing marriage, and helping my court reporter friend out with her business. She spent so many long hours transcribing depositions that she had no time to send out statements or proof-read her transcripts. I filled both of those roles for her.

One day, out of the blue, she informed me that a law office in town was looking for a part-time filing clerk.  Why she gave me this information has always been a puzzle because: a) I had been an elementary teacher; I had no office training, b) she couldn’t afford to lose me, c) she had no reason to think I’d be interested in working outside my home.

What was more of a puzzle was that I drove to the law firm the next day and inquired about the job.  I can’t tell you why, I just did it.  I was ushered in to see the office manager who, surprisingly, I knew from a school committee we’d both been on.  She asked about my secretarial skills and I admitted I had no training, but I could type, use a computer, and alphabetize. She asked me to start the next morning.

Needless to say, I left in a state of shock. There was no way I could take that job. Why would I even want to? File legal papers? Take documents to court? Did that sound like a job for an almost published novelist with a master’s degree in education?

I started work on the following Monday. Two months later I was being trained as a legal secretary. One year later I sold my first historical romance novel. Two years later I filed for divorce. Four years into the job, I married the boss, who truly was my soulmate, my twin heart, the man who changed my life forever. All because, for some inexplicable reason, my friend mentioned a job she did not want me to take, and without analyzing or trying to talk myself out of it, I got into my car and drove to that law firm. I truly believe I was guided there.

I know other people who’ve had similar experiences. Because of a snap decision, their life went in a totally different direction than they’d ever imagined.  How about you?

And remember, today is the beginning of my THIRD QUESTION GIVEAWAY. All you need to do is answer a new question each Monday in March about A ROOT AWAKENING for a chance to win a $25 gift card. You'll find the question on my website here.