fausta fortuna adiuvat

If I had a motto, it would be "Fortune favors the bold."

Teddy Roosevelt summed it up nicely:

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

It's now Wednesday afternoon. Monday morning I received an email from a French company stating their intentions to interview me. It hasn't happened yet, despite my phone calls to the man who sent me the email in the first place. In the meantime, 4 companies have told me that they do not have any desire to interview me.

This is leaving me with some very mixed feelings. I wonder if my desire to go to France is indeed divinely inspired. I believe that if it is divinely inspired, then the Lord will help us (yes, I say us. Mrs. Sixline is on board with this 100%.) move over there. I also believe that if it is inspired, then I have no reason to be nervous and fear that nothing will materialize. If it's not, then I have every reason to fear. Of course, not being divinely inspired to move to France doesn't necessarily mean that I'm divinely forbidden from going.

At any rate, I'm feeling a bit sad that I haven't had my interview yet. It feels like I'm not that high of a priority to them, which means they're probably not too keen on having me. I just want a straight answer.

However, I'm proud of myself in a sense. I'm trying for something really great. I'm not normally one to take large risk-- especially financial ones. However, this is one of those things where I'm willing to risk a lot emotionally for the reward.


Eeyore said...

My perfect job was the last one I interview for. Kind of like that comment, "It's always the last place you look." And I know, duh, of course it's the last place you look because you stop looking after you find it. So unless you've stopped looking, it must still be waiting out there for you somewhere.

Don't fear. You'll find the right job.

Sarah said...

That's a tricky thing to do: figuring out inspiration. What we've found - work in the right direction and something good will come out of it - even if it's not what we expected or planned for.

Shaun Carlson said...

Fortune may favor the bold, but so does misfortune.

As for moving to France, it could be a situation wherein it's neither inspired nor uninspired. What I mean is that it might not matter much to the Lord and that it's up to you if you want to continue to pursue it. Obviously there are times when one seems to be needed in a certain place at a certain in this whole grand plan, but good people are needed everywhere in the world. It's not so important that person A goes to place B, but that the good people just go and do.

Of course, I have no position to know if that's the case here, but it's another possibility to consider.

Shaun Carlson said...

Did you know that if you do a Google search for "fausta fortuna" that you come up as the number five result? Pretty impressive.

sixline said...


Yes, the idea that the Lord doesn't really care normally crosses my mind. I kind of think that as long as you have a current Temple recommend and are worthy to use it, the Lord's not necessarily worried about what you do. In this case, though, I think He's taking an active interest. Where we put roots down will affect us for years to come. Well, at least I want Him to take an active interest in my favor. ;)

sixline said...


There's another thing that just came to me: I like the idea of a life peppered with big failures and big successes. Misfortune favors the bold, yes, but I'm not worried about it.