Think of all the decisions you’ve made in the course of a lifetime. Good. Bad. Otherwise. Then, think of all the different and unforeseen directions those decisions could have taken you.
Think about all the people that have wandered through the tapestry of your life leaving the remnants of a thread here or there. The people that have appeared and then suddenly disappeared. People who have brushed up against you, changing the trajectory of your life.
Consider the deep impact some of those interactions have had. Take a moment to reflect on where you are and where you might be without that touch however so slight.
What could have been that wasn’t. What might not have occurred but did.
My life is filled with the presence of individuals and events that can’t be explained. Instances that make no sense looking back, but had a serious impact moving forward. My experience has been enriched and enhanced by the serendipity of chance. I met my wife on a blind date!
How many times have you found yourself involved in an unexpected conversation with a stranger? Times a word or a phrase penetrated your conscious defenses only to surface again later, changing an opinion and or action.
Was that serendipity? Or part of some greater plan?
If it was serendipity, we should marvel at the wonder of where we are and how we got here. Our place in a universe unaware of our very existence. If it was a part of some profound, invisible master plan. Who is the planner and what comes next?
If it’s all random, we can always say, “Well, that could’ve been me. It should’ve been me!”
If it’s all planned, I guess we have the right to wonder, “Why wasn’t it?”
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