Serendipity. A word that brings forth a wave of calm with an added spark of curiosity. The tranquil term refers to those “fortunate coincidences” and “pleasant surprises” that present themselves to you when you don’t even anticipate them. It’s these moments of happenstance – unsought discoveries, encounters, and experiences – that can lead you to enlightening revelations and promising opportunities which can add value to or fill a need in your life, and even ultimately change the course of your journey.
Serendipitous moments can take a vast variety of forms. You’re sitting on the bus, pondering over a personal situation while mindlessly scrolling through your Facebook feed, when a shared link from a friend catches your eye; it just so happens to be an article pertinent to your very situation, providing just the right advice and encouragement you need to move forward. You’ve spent weeks upon weeks working towards obtaining that one job that can jumpstart your career, only to be driven to what seems to be a dead end, when a brand new and different opportunity enters into the picture, taking you along a new career path more fulfilling and fitting than what you had previously envisioned for yourself. You’ve traveled over to another city for a concert, only to randomly run into an old friend from your city at that same concert, which then led into a long overdue reunion with the rest of your friends from your crew a week later. You’re at your favourite store, browsing through the clearance ranks, when you happen to spot that cute (but expensive) skirt you had been eyeing for months, which is now marked-down to 75% off AND which is only available in one size – yours.
In all of those instances, these unexpected curveballs dipped in sweet serendipity provided clarity and reward without being summoned. Knowing that these happenings are destined to come around the corner makes life more hopeful. When you have faith in fate, you can fully appreciate all of the wonderful surprises headed your way.
“Life has a way of showing you just what you need
And who you were made to be.”
– Carrie Underwood, What I Never Knew I Always Wanted
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