Are you open to serendipity?
Serendipity has been knocking me over the head the past week. Here’s the recap: One night I did a meditation and the topic was Serendipity. The next day, I was listening to NPR and the topic was Serendipity. That afternoon, my husband flipped open his notebook to share something he had written. The sentence staring back at me: Be open to serendipity.
Wait…there’s more…a few days later, I ran into a woman I admire greatly but seldom get to see, and what did she do in the course of our conversation but credit serendipity for something powerful that had happened. I hadn’t heard the word in years and there it was yelling for my attention, so here I am, asking that we ponder it collectively.
When I reflect back, I recognize that serendipity has been responsible for powerful unfoldings in my life when I have let it. (No telling how many other openings I missed because I was too closed in.) My first and second book projects were products of serendipity. Meeting my husband was. And when I think about my close friends, meeting many of them seems serendipitous, too.
This gets murky. Is everything serendipitous…and therefore nothing? I don’t think so. I think when we are open to certain unexpected gifts the universe sends us, we are able to tap into an incredibly powerful force for good in our lives. Is this code for God’s plan? It may be tied up in it. Could these instances also be explained statistically and therefore be less expressly inspired by a/the divine? Maybe.
I suppose what role serendipity plays in our lives is directly proportionate to how open we are to it. Now there’s a viable case of logic meets magic. What do you think? Are you open to serendipity? How do we go about being open to serendipity? What role has it played in your life?