Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
Serendipity is finding something good without looking for it. Unknown
It has been beautiful lately now that spring is here. I’ve been taking my dog for a nightly long walk. My husband has always encouraged me to walk and listen to something but I resist. I started listening to Jordan Peterson’s book Beyond Order, I really enjoy it, but I miss the thinking I do as I walk. We can’t fill our minds up with other people’s thoughts and have our own.
My husband and I listened to a podcast I’m going to be on this Saturday, the Abracadabra Podcast Author to Author, the host Jasveer Singh Dangi was in conversation with Isabella MacLeod author of Metamorphosis and Nano. She is a former nurse who suffers from a disease I’ve never heard of but sounds like it is related to Lyme disease. These books are a fictionalized journey as she picked up the pieces of her life and puts them back together.
My interest was piqued partly because I love a good story of people overcoming adversity but also because my brother suffers from some strange affliction and we have wondered where it came from. I will listen to the podcast again and look up the name of the disease she has and start going down the rabbit hole of research and see where it leads.
Most discoveries even today are a combination of serendipity and of searching. Siddhartha Mukherjee
Her disease may be nothing like my brother’s. I have no reason to think it is except it is debilitating enough that she can no longer work and so is his. She lives in Eastern Canada and he took a trip out there just before he became ill. I have a feeling and I often go with my feelings and see where they lead. Serendipity is a mysterious force that works in our lives. Serendipity has been defined as, “The accidental discovery that leads to unexpected value.”
In the book The Serendipity Mindset by Christian Busch, he tells us how we can learn to recognize and leverage serendipity to make our lives better. What if the people we think are lucky are using serendipity when it arrives in their lives in ways that unlucky people are not?
How many times has serendipity knocked on my door and I was not aware of it and did not get the gift I was being offered? When the right person looked at moldy bread they recognized something in it and we now have penicillin. To everyone else, it was just moldy bread.
Who knows where my research will lead? How is serendipity working in your life?
Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for. Lawrence Block
I always leave room for serendipity and chance. Ken Stott
I am a firm believer in serendipity – the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along. David Levithan
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