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Saturday, January 15, 2005


Allowing for Serendipity

It's funny how events sometimes happen in our lives, almost as if they have been planned and directed by someone else. Sort of like being in our own Truman Show. For instance: You sit down for a cup of coffee at Starbucks expecting to just be with yourself, but joyfully, you're pulled into an amazing set of conversations that entertain, inform, even alter your worldview. It's serendipity and when you're open to all that the universe has to offer, it can lead to really great stuff.

As an aside, when I looked up the word serendipity at to make sure my spelling was accurate, I discovered the word's origin:
We are indebted to the English author Horace Walpole for the word serendipity, which he coined in one of the 3,000 or more letters on which his literary reputation primarily rests. In a letter of January 28, 1754, Walpole says that “this discovery, indeed, is almost of that kind which I call Serendipity, a very expressive word.” Walpole formed the word on an old name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. He explained that this name was part of the title of “a silly fairy tale, called The Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of....”
I like that...making unexpected discoveries through accident and sagacity. Here's an idea for allowing serendipity into your life:

Ditch the script. Some of us have an easier time living spontaneously than others. That's okay; we're all made up differently. But, we all have the capacity to be spontaneous. If you find surprises and the unexpected scary, find the place where you are comfortable and hang out there. Notice what it's like, what you are feeling and sensing. Then take a step toward discomfort (sort of like that first step into a cold pool of water). Again, be aware of what's going on inside you and what's going on outside. Take your time, but resist the urge to immediately go back to comfort. True growth occurs in places of discomfort.

What else has worked for you? Where else have you experienced a moment of serendipity in your life? Here's hoping you make another accidental discovery today.

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