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Chance, Coincidence and Luck

Updated on March 14, 2013

Four Leaf Clover - A Good Sign, it is said.

I think if you found one of these you'd take it as a sign of good fortune and probably by a Lottery Ticket.
I think if you found one of these you'd take it as a sign of good fortune and probably by a Lottery Ticket.

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.

Yep, it's a car park or, rather, a Sydney commute.
Yep, it's a car park or, rather, a Sydney commute.

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.

The plane I actually missed was a Douglas DC8, back in March, 1971.
The plane I actually missed was a Douglas DC8, back in March, 1971.

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.

Stay Happy.


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  • pennyofheaven profile image

    pennyofheaven 7 years ago from New Zealand

    Excellent hub. Great read and very well written. Thanks!

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    Tom Ware 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Yes, do write a Hub Minnetonka. The more positivity we put out there the better we make our world, both outside and inside.

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    This was really interesting. I have had alot of these happenings in my life, I guess I should hub it. Thanks for a thought provoking subject.

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    Tom Ware 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Happiness, or is it joy, (to me, anyway)arises spontaneously into consciousness from time to time. It comes as a feeling of wellbeing. This seems to be particularly so when one's normal everyday thinking is one of contenment; we've made a habit of a certain equanimity. Generally, if we're involved in something, some occupation with what we consider a worthwhile, ethical goal which brings meaning to our life, these moments seem to occur quite often And if we continue, the these moments reoccur with increasing frequency.

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    sofs 7 years ago

    I may not be in complete agreement with all your ideas, Happenstance is where the word happiness comes from...that makes happiness dependent on chance happenings.. I believe that happiness is just a decision away. I would like to believe with you that nothing is by chance..all things are fore ordained..or God ordained depends on what you believe in, and though I may differ with you in ideology, that does not stop me from saying that it was a good read indeed.. Thanks for sharing.