I love the word Serendipity, don’t you? Serendipity means ‘a happy accident or pleasant surprise; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it’.
Every now and then someone crosses our path, changing the course of our day. Our spirits are lifted and we are left feeling as though we were meant to meet. We may never lay eyes on one another again but the moments we share change us or even possibly the path we are on with that one chance meeting.
There is the flip side of that…you meet someone and wonder what lesson you were supposed to learn from them crossing your path. An accident or mishap is ‘an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance, often with lack of intention or necessity. It usually implies a generally negative outcome which may have been avoided or prevented had circumstances leading up to the accident been recognized, and acted upon, prior to its occurrence.’ Accidents generally happen when we are unfocused in life. Makes sense right?
Lets not focus on accidents even thought we learn from them.
I’ve had more than a few serendipitous moments, chance meetings or crossing of paths over the years. I stop what I am doing and just be in the moment open to accept their gift to me. They are my gift.
I met a beautiful elderly lady named Mary at work the other night, we connected instantly. She shared her wisdom and insight with me about life and love. She actually said “I don’t know why I’m telling you all of this but your like my daughter.” Her advice was to always keep my independence (I have) and to never make my ‘man’ my best friend. I was to keep my feminine side to myself, to remain a bit of a mystery. She told me it was vitally important to live each day happily and be true to myself. I was to not ‘fill’ my cup up to the top but was to leave some space. If your cup is bubbling over, there is no room. ;)I hugged Mary before she left. I glowed for the rest of the night! Mary crossed my path for a brief moment in time, but left me feeling grateful she did. Thank you Mary!
Another moment in time that changed the course of my day happened when I was shopping at my local grocery store. I didn’t feel like being seen by anyone because I had puffy eyes from crying during the day. As I walked through the isles my mind wandering in a daze. I didn’t have my usual smiley eyes or big cheesy grin because I wasn’t feeling very good about myself. I got in and out as quick as humanly possible. I left the store with my arms weighed down to the max with bags or groceries. As I went to cross the parking lot a man drove past me and lowered his window, leaning across his passenger seat to talk to me. He said “have you been told?” I looked confused through my puffy eyes at him for a moment and replied “pardon me?” I struggled and adjusted my load of groceries, and he said again “have you been told today?” I paused and replied “told what?” My mind could only imagine what he was going to say…“god your eyes are puffy, did you know your ass looks fat in those pants?” He smiled and looked right into and past the puffiness and said “you look absolutely beautiful today.” My entire body let go of what I was holding onto. I smiled and thanked him, knowing I looked like crap. I believe he was aware of how I was feeling and took the opportunity to change the course of my day. Thank you complete stranger for being aware of another human beings existence who needed a kind word at that moment.
Everyone who walks into our lives, crossing our path, whether it’s for a brief moment in time or years, can teach us something. Being open and aware of others, reaching out and acting on your instinct will change the course of someones day.
Be kind to your fellow humans, they may need it more than you know!
The photo I used is called Crossing Paths by an artist named Crispin Korschen. She is an artist, mother, daydreamer and lover of all things beautiful and quirky. The description of her painting above is this…
Crossing Paths ~ our lives can take us to extraordinary places and across the paths of people we may never have imagined…….sometimes I get so caught up in my life that I forget to take the time to stop and spend time with people during those crossings.