Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
Sweet serendipity… that unexpected meeting that changes your life. Unknown
Last night instead of going to the gym I shopped for the birthday people. We’ll celebrate three birthdays and Thanksgiving this weekend with one dinner. Three names on one cake, or three cakes? I’ve opted for one cake.
It was my hope I could get something for each of them at one store. It worked and as I was cashing out I heard someone call my name. My friend and I usually attend the Horticultural meetings together but the night before a Toastmaster’s responsibility prevented me from attending. Here she was, we walked to a coffee shop across the way. There we sat, talked and laughed away the evening. She showed me a picture of her God son’s new baby being held by his fifteen year old sister.
A chance meeting is serendipity working in our lives. We are taking my husband out to breakfast for his birthday. I was hoping to take him to a new restaurant but couldn’t think of one. My friend highly recommended a new breakfast restaurant close to us. When she mentioned it I remember my daughter and I seeing it but it didn’t register when I was thinking of restaurants.
We never know how serendipity and synchronicity will work in our lives. When we change up our patterns is when we are told serendipity is more likely to show up. Can we make room for more serendipity in our lives?
Do we ask questions rather than worrying, and are we open to how the answer appears?
Serendipity: Happy accident or pleasant surprise, the accident of finding something good without looking. Unknown
We need to get out among people. Opportunities come in the form of people.
Can we release judgment on how we thought it would be or should be? If we hold too tightly to our vision we may miss opportunities in front of us.
Can we stop acting like a victim? Carolyn Miss tells us, “power is the foundation of health and any time you’re acting like a victim, you’re losing power.”
Ask better questions. What’s the best question we can ask? What are the possibilities? Are we willing to say I don’t know and be open to the answers that come?
Are we getting out of our comfort zone? We may find being vulnerable scary but isn’t that where the adventure is? Are we saying yes to life?
Is there a bigger picture we aren’t seeing? At some point, we may be able to connect the dots and see how synchronicity and serendipity worked in our lives.
Do we recognize we can learn something from everyone we meet?
Are we willing to listen to our gut, listen to our intuition?
Can we realize that we are not at the end of our story? When one door closes another door opens. Sometimes what we get out of life is more than we’d planned for ourselves.
Trust that everything is working for our highest good. This is a tough one, but sometimes we can learn lessons no other way. Can we train our mind to see the good in everything? Can we see the silver lining?
Can we realize that Life is essentially a learning experience; there is something to learn in every situation?
Are we grateful for everything in our lives? Are we making room in our lives for serendipity?
Serendipity is the way to make discoveries, by accident but also by sagacity, of things one is not in quest of. Based on experience, knowledge, it is the creative exploitation of the unforeseen. Adrian Bejan
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