Serendipity

I love that word.  And I actually even like the movie with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale of the same name.  Webster’s defines the word as the faculty or phenomenon of valuable or finding agreeable things not sought for.  In other words discovering the unexpected treasures in our lives.  It can be as simple as scoring rock star parking in front of a crowded restaurant, having a lunch meeting turn a relationship from one of business to one of friendship or even rediscovering an old photo you’d forgotten about.  Taking the time to relish in the discovery and recognize it for what it is, a gift.  All to often, we just scootch into the parking spot without a thought, part company at the door without a backward glance or chuck the photo in a drawer.  If we could just slow down a bit and see the smile on a stranger’s face, hear the laughter of a child, feel the warmth of the sun on our face on a cold winter’s day, think how much better our lives would be.  We exist on a semi-conscious auto pilot for most of our waking hours, mostly out of necessity to get through our complicated lives.  Rushing here and there, checking off to-do’s when we know there will be another daunting list to be accomplished tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.

The old cliche says to stop and smell the roses.  I think it’s to become aware of the gifts serendipity brings to our life and not take them for granted.

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