Definition – the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear
significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.
I recently read a post from my dear friend/sister of choice Chris at Bridges Burning. She wrote about serendipity and how three people, she in Ontario, my sister in the UK and me in New Zealand, can connect over a comment on Skype. The comment and the thoughts that preceded and followed it bounced around the world. It went from Kitchener, Ontario to Wellington, New Zealand and then on to Oxford in the United Kingdom.
The definition of Serendipity is – the occurrence and development of events by
chance in a happy or beneficial way.
Serendipity and synchronicity are quite different words, often confused and should be used differently. For instance, it would not have been correct for Chris to use synchronicity in her telling but it is correct when we both write about the same thing in a blog post. Or when I send an email saying we should Skype only to find that she has sent the exact email to me.
How often we find this synchronicity. I remember years ago when training to be a Life Coach. I had read one day about Sedona in Arizona, the red rocks and the general feeling of spiritual well-being, the artists and healers who flock there, and so determined that I should go there in the not too distant future. The course was conducted on a phone link of 2 hours each Monday evening. Soon after I logged in I heard one of the other participants talking about a visit he had made to Sedona the previous year and how he was planning on returning the next year for the Sedona Film Festival.
My mind/imagination was captured by this place and then the next morning, in an email from my sister in Los Angeles, she said she thought the next time I visited we should go to Sedona as she had heard such great things about it.
Well didn’t that exactly meet the definition – significantly related but have no discernible causal connection?
Recently, because it was the anniversary of the death of The Architect, I was thinking about him and about the firm he had established many years ago. Later that day I was at the Hospice and learned that it is his old firm that will be doing the architectural work for the new hospice building. Serendipity at work again.
I say that there is no such thing as coincidence, but do I really believe that? There is definitely synchronicity, serendipity and probably there is room for coincidence too.
The definition of Coincidence is – a striking occurrence of two or more events
at one time apparently by mere chance:
Several years ago I was in London for the weekend. The elderly woman for whom I was playing companion went off to a wedding which left me free. It just so happened that friends were visiting London from NZ and we decided to meet up. The first evening we went around the corner from the apartment looking for some place to have a drink and decide where to eat. Imagine my surprise when, on turning the corner I saw three friends, a couple from Auckland, NZ and one from Sydney, Australia. I hadn’t seen any of these people for several years, so their being in London at just that particular weekend was certainly a coincidence.
And for you – stop for a moment and ask yourself, what coincidences have been happening in my life recently that I am not paying attention to? Where do I need to be seeing the truth? What is the Universe trying to tell me?
And consider this –
If there were no such thing as coincidence,
there would be no such word
Heron Carvic (born Geoffrey Rupert William Harris)
English actor writer. 1913 – 1980
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