Day 336: You are exactly where you are supposed to be.

I’m wondering, right now, what people’s reactions might be, to the title of this post.

I don’t know, because I’m not a mind reader.

None of us are mind readers.

However, it is human to guess and anticipate what other people are thinking.

So I can tell you what I am guessing, right now, about people’s reactions to “You are exactly where you are supposed to be.”

These guesses are based on what I have experienced, in person, when people encounter that phrase.

I have seen disbelief, acceptance, fear, anger, hope, and relief.

So my guess is that you might be having one of those reactions.

But maybe not.

I don’t know what your reaction is.

I am eager to hear it, whatever it is (if you choose to put it into words).

I wanted to tell you one more thing, about that title phrase, this morning:

Many times, I have been in a large room with lots of people and that saying on the wall, inspiring movement forward.

What image(s) do I want to leave you with, today?

First, I’ll see what Google Images has,  for “You are exactly where you are supposed to be.”

Here are three:




Let’s see what I have on my iPhone.

Here’s a photo I took, yesterday, while I was in Arlington, MA with my son:


I snapped that photo, intuitively, yesterday, knowing it would fit some post, some day.

Why did I choose it? Because I like those creatures, whatever they are. And even if I think they’re silly, I also see the beauty.

And they look, to me, as if they are settled and accepting, in the moment, to be where they are.  (Even if they are secretly wishing they were somewhere else — that somebody take them home.)

They are exactly who & what & where they are supposed to be, and they are lovely (including any ridiculousness).

Thanks to, TooTallFritz, and Phoenix Tree Productions (for the images), to Himalayan Crafts in Arlington (for the window display), and to you — of course — for visiting today.


* I found this image here.

** I found this imager here.

*** I found this image here.

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20 thoughts on “Day 336: You are exactly where you are supposed to be.

  1. Yes, indeed, Ann. Sometimes it’s hard to embrace the right-now. I can see the discussions that come out of this phrase being quite lively.

  2. That idea is also found in the bible!

    From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. – Acts 17:26 (NIV)

  3. Robert Weir

    I’m having a rubbishy day, pining for a loved one whom I can’t contact at the moment due to a complex situation & I have a bad stomach which has kept me awake most of the night

    but I’m liking your post, a lot, & a friend from primary school (40 years ago now – woooooooooooooo) is cheering me up. Funny that isn’t it

    the only reaction that I initially got from the title of the e-mail which announced your new post today was – yay – it’s Ann, quick read the post

    so yes, I am exactly where I am supposed to be today. Uncomfortable as it is, it is making me confront myself & what needs to be confronted so as I can move forward (or backward, or wherever I am supposed to be next)

    ho hum


    thanks Ann

  4. I have to tell you, I actually love that phrase. I’ve seen it many times and it puts me in almost a calm state of mind. So when I saw the title and then your opening sentence it made me laugh a little because when I first saw the title I thought…how fitting that I came upon this post. The reason I like the phrase is not so much because I like where I am but because I know that being through certain situations in my life have brought me to where I am right now. And from where I am at this moment I can see the finish line. And for that I am happy because I know eventually when I am “exactly where I am supposed to be” at a future moment in time I will be at complete peace.

  5. John Fairbanks

    Yes, I really believe that is true! I didn’t give it much thought until mid-life, but as I look back to my earlier experiences, I now realize I was where I was suppose to be. Presently, I am living and enjoying Florida and it affirms my belief that I am where I am meant to be. Diane Fairbanks

    Sent from my iPad

  6. I believe in this sentiment ~ when I try to fight it, I realize I get nowhere so I just try to go with the flow and steer a bit when I can! 🙂

  7. Thanks for the wise, and whimsical (which is also wise :)) post, Ann. I am loving your blog!

  8. Good one. Its funny to see what such a vague prompt could lead interesting! Today, I’m living abroad with my husband enjoying a perfectly low-stress life, so I cannot complain one tiny bit about being here! 😉 I hope you’re in the same boat!

  9. Pingback: Day 1243: Today I am exactly where I am supposed to be | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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