I want to talk about “coincidence”. What is it really? Do things just happen? Is there something else at work? It seems the more “open” you are the more they seem to appear. By open I mean open hearted, not feeling the need to protect yourself, or not acting out of fear but being in a place of trust, of feeling safe, of feeling connected to life.
I have had several “coincidences” in my life lately. They all seem to serve a different purpose.
The funny thing is they all happened in Earthfare. The first was running into someone I had met about a year ago. It was a nice connection but not a strong one. This day she threw her arms around me and said how happy she was to run into me. At first I couldn’t remember who she was but I finally got it. She asked what I was doing and I told her I was getting ready for the next PITCH U 8 Week Intensive. She asked what it was and when I told her she said that she was developing a new business but wasn’t able to put two components of it together. She thought PITCH U would help and I agreed.
The next time I was in Earthfare was Christmas Eve. There was a young woman in the rest room where I was and she had, obviously, been crying. I asked if she was OK and she shook her head. I asked if she could use a hug and she said yes and so I did. Then I asked if there was anything I could do and she told me about a painful family situation which was exacerbated because it was Christmas. I gave her my understanding of things like what she was going through and how I had viewed it which seemed to help her. She talked a bit more, I gave her another hug and we parted. I knew I was meant to be there for her.
The third happened today, of course at Earthfare. I was looking at hair color and a woman asked me if I had ever used it. I told her I had and what the results were. We talked about the cost of having your hair colored professionally and what a waste it was to us. We then went on to talk about other things. She was from Canada originally and I told her I was from Newport. She then introduced me to her husband who had also lived in Newport. We began talking about sailing and events in Newport and got onto the subject of horses. I told her about the medium weight hunter I had owned and they also had jumpers. We got onto dogs and I told her I had whippets, she also had one. The coincidences came fast and furious. She asked what I do and I told her about PITCH U and she told me she was putting a business together and she wanted to talk more and see if this would be good fit for her.
All of these things “happened”, there was no way I could have orchestrated it. I’m sharing my experience not because it’s me but just as an intimate illustration of how “coincidence” can work.
My sense of this is that there is a reason behind EVERYTHING. Even the stuff we don’t like. And I have had my share of that just as everyone else. But when the good stuff happens it feels like “magic”. But, in reality, it is just life. That is what is there for all of us when we can be open and pay attention. Magic happens all the time. And, it is there for each of us. No exceptions.