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Are You Listening?


Last night I was consumed with creating a children’s story for my new writing group. It was so much fun, writing about newborn dragons and cherries popping in a bowl, I lost all track of time. My tea grew cold and eventually forgotten. It was only 2 inches away from my hands as I typed the story into word and prepared to mail it off. As soon as I hit send, my stomach went queasy. Perhaps one more polish was needed. The doubts crept back.

I got in my car this morning, turned on the radio, and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies were singing. No more doubts. How coincidental is that? But is it really coincidental?

Things like this have been happening to me more and more.

I was in a friend’s car last Thursday, driving toward the market, and I noticed she had a post-it-note with the words, Serendipity, Synchronicity, Coincidence, listed right in front of my passenger seat. I thought back to the Kushtaka, Tahoma and my last blog post and smiled.

Then this morning, on Facebook, a friend posted a link to a news article that immediately took me to a story I wrote many years ago. The images in the article were so similar to my story creation I couldn’t ignore it. So many of these events seem to be happening around me.

Today I looked each of these words up in the dictionary.

Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated occurring together in a meaningful manner. To count as synchronicity, the events should be unlikely to occur together by chance.

Serendipity is an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. Good fortune; luck: synchronicity, the events should be unlikely to occur together.

Coincidence is something that happens by chance in a surprising or remarkable way. (and all Whovians know you never ignore a coincidence, there is no such thing! Sorry, I’ve been a Doctor Who fan for years.)

As I notice these events more and more occuring in my writing life, the seridipty seems to unfold with greater frequency and in more unusual ways, like the song in the car this morning.

When I pay attention to these moments, it feels like an acknowledgement from my guardian angel or muse or simply from the universe. Thanks for listening. You are moving in the right direction.

So, I’m asking you….are you listening?

8 Responses to Are You Listening?

  • I love moments like this, when I feel like something was designed just for me to happen just when I needed it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    (Funny that you like Dr. Who. I have a group of writer friends who are into it too. I put the first season on my NetFlix queue to see what all the hullabaloo was about. I haven’t started it yet though. 🙂 )

  • Thanks for reading Karen!

    So are you beginning with Doctor #9, Christopher Eccleston, or the really great ones with Doctor #10, David Tennant?

    I’m curious how you like it…..I started watching when I was a little girl, so, I can tell you about all the incarnations of the Doctor *Geek alert LOL!

  • Carolyn says:

    It’s great that you are noticing more coincidences popping up in your live. I’ve found that the more I notice coincidences, the more they occur. Coincidences are unfolding before my eyes every single day. Some might seem to be likely coincidences, but some are absolutely amazing. It happens so often now, especially physical illustrations of a conversation I’m having with a friend, that it is easy to lose sight of how spectacular I found them before they became so frequent. Thanks for sharing your coincidence. I hope you continue to post coincidence blogs. I’m planning to start a blog of my own coincidences, in the very near future. Maybe, you’ll get a chance to read some of the cool coincidences my friends and I encounter on a daily basis. Meanwhile, enjoy the thrill of your daily coincidences. By the way, a friend of mine is wrapping up the last scene in an entertaining novel involving spectacular and confirmable coincidences. Watch for a book by Galen E. Gardner!

  • Thank you Carolyn,

    I will keep an eye out for your blog and your friend’s book 🙂

  • Lou Harper says:

    It thrills me to read your work. You “see” in such a special way. Keep open to your feelings, your environment, and those speical moments of insight.

  • Thanks Lou 🙂 your comments always mean so much to me !!!

  • Rick says:

    It is so true about the things happen in our life we r mere passengers sometimes in this journey . Life is an adventure not a destination !! So enjoy the highs and overcome the lows we shall perserver . I do believe .. Starwriter thank u 🙂

  • Thanks for taking the time to visit Rick 🙂
    Faedra’s story should be done soon! and ready to mail away…Maryellen

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