Chance: Marking Life’s Milestones

Merriam Webster defines “chance” as “the way events happen when they’re not planned or controlled by people.”

We humans often see “chance” as a twist of fate, happy accident, luck.   We meet our mate on a blind date, or land a job by sitting next to the right person on a plane.  We enrich an old friendship with a new purpose, or find a deep purpose in a new friendship.

We never know when these opportunities will present themselves and if we really stay aware of the possibilities, we’re surprised at how often they appear.  A magazine left open at the dentist office shows an ad for just what we’ve been seeking.  A song plays on the radio with a memorable message of inspiration exactly when we need it.   A book or therapist gets recommended at precisely the right moment.

These occurrences are not really accidental; there are no accidents in the Universe.

The synchronistic abundance of the universe is always in overdrive and if we choose to stay softly open, curious, self-aware, mentally and emotionally uncluttered and ready, we can recognize it in whatever form it takes.  This recognition can lead us to rich relationships, professional expansion and personal growth.  A gentle willingness to say “yes” to following the path and seeing where it leads can surprise us with a treasure we had not “planned or controlled.”

Every relationship or encounter, every glimpse of nature, every work environment offers what could be a milestone in our lives.  Then we can look back and see the gifts that were offered us, turning “chance” into “turning point.”

That’s the moment we can say “I might have found you by accident, but I’m glad I kept you on purpose.”

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