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Chance, Coincidence and Luck
Four Leaf Clover - A Good Sign, it is said.
We are limit ourselves by what we think is possible
Welcome to Chance, Coincidence and Luck.
It is said there is no such thing as co-incidence. If this is true, and I believe it is, then there is really no such thing as luck. What we see as luck or co-incidence is simply a matter of our finite minds not being able to grasp a bigger picture. We are limited not only by our senses, but by our memories of what we think is possible and impossible.
I've heard some remarkable stories 'happing-stance'
I’ve heard some remarkable stories about co-incidence, especially those so-called ‘chance meetings’ which change people’s lives. One such was told to me by a friend of mine who decided to go on a holiday with his wife to Europe – via South Africa.
The story goes that he and his wife got off the ship at Capetown, met a friend, who drove them a hundred miles or so into the countryside to a tiny hotel. There they lunched. From the next room they heard laughter. Then voices. The voices sounded familiar. They went into the next room to find their next door neighbors from Sydney, Australia eating a meal there. There had been no mention between these people about a holiday in Europe, let alone going via South Africa. Coincidence? Well...maybe...
Typical city road today.
Chance, Coincidences and Luck - I attempt to start a new life in a new land.
Forty years ago I set off from Sydney Australia to settle in New Zealand. I left for the International Airport by taxi two-and-a-half hours early. As I’d worked at the airport for years, I knew that a typical trip at that time of day was forty minutes. I had time to spare, I thought. Fate thought otherwise. A huge accident at a key intersection. Traffic delays. Half of Sydney was a ‘car park.’ I got to the airport in time to see the tail-fin of my Air New Zealand flight taxiing out.
I just saw the tail fin moving as it taxied out.
I was meant to miss that plane.
I was meant to miss that plane. For on the next plane I met a young lady who gave me so much good advice that when I arrived in Auckland I not only found good, cheap accommodation easily, I found a friend I hadn’t seen in seven years. Everything fell into place: another place to live, a new job. Everything went smoothly because...I missed that aero plane
A beautiful shot of Australian Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane.
Nope, the book I picked up was a paperback.
I'd been thinking a lot about the subject of 'Happiness.'
Back in 1993 I was thinking a lot about this business of co-incidence or synchronicity, particularly as it pertained to ‘Happiness.” I was travelling with a friend in Queensland, in the hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast. Suddenly my fried stopped the car. We’d found a place where the owner of a house was about to move home. He and his family were holding a ‘garage sale.’ My friend, being a bit of a ‘Bower Bird’ (collector) was immediately attracted. We strolled over. Right on top of a pile of books: “Happiness is an Inside Job, “ by John Powell. I bought it for the noble price on one dollar. A great read, and a book I still browse through from time to time.
Chance, Coincidences and Luck.
It is said that intent is what brings these co-incidences into our lives. What we think about not only expands in our mind, it brings to us that which we dwell upon. According to the famous Swiss Psychiatrist and Psychologist, Carl G Jung, ‘synchronicity’ is “the simultaneous occurrence of two meaningful but not causally connected events.” Not ‘causally connected as far as our normal, logical interpretations of events is concerned, yes. However, the events are connected. Why? Because the Whole Universe is connected.
You'll See It When You Believe It!
But I’ve said enough. There are whole books out there on this subject. And one I do recommend is Wayne W Dyer’s “You’ll See It When You Believe It. The book’s an oldie, coming out in 1989. Still very relevant thought. Also, Deepak Chopra’s Synchro Destiny. Both are very good reading.
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