Life’s Beautiful Surprises

4 Apr

Crane Lifting Moon

We often hear that the greatest opportunities and our life’s most important moments come from being “in the right place at the right time”. This can also be called ‘sheer accident’ or, as I like to call it, ‘destined coincidence’. With no prior planning or intention, we meet someone, see something or participate in an event that overthrows our life. This comes as an unexpected coincidence, yet it is so perfect for us at that precise moment, that it puts us into a sort of ecstasy. We are overwhelmed with happiness at the beautiful surprise that life threw our way. We cannot believe that none of this was planned; as if we were getting the present we most wanted from an absolute stranger.

Yesterday, I happened to be “in the right place at the right time”. Through a series of coincidences and intuition hints, I found myself meeting one of the bestselling British writers of current times. Not something I was expecting on a quiet afternoon in a foreign country! I was part of a small group to attend the writer’s talk at a literary festival in town. The writer, down-to-earth and honest, talked about his new novel, and, at the end of the event, was more than happy to chat in his mother tongue to the only Brit out of the group (me!). Our brief exchange created the possibility of this author hosting an event at the London bookshop in which I used to work (and to which I am still greatly attached). And all I had planned that day was a walk in town!

This meeting with the talented modern writer completely disoriented me. I was ecstatic not only from having had the opportunity to meet this author, but to have met him so unexpectedly, in such a perfect coincidence. And this got me thinking: are perfect moments like this only possible as coincidences? Or are they perfect precisely because they are coincidences? I doubt that I would have been ecstatic had I planned my meeting with the author months in advance; in the same way as knowing what you will be given for your birthday takes away the joy and surprise of receiving the present. It is precisely the surprise of such a perfectly destined coincidence that made the moment so special.

I wanted to say thank you for this wonderful gift. But who was I to thank? Who do we thank for a destined coincidence? Who do we thank for a perfect moment? Who do we thank for life’s beautiful surprises? And how is it that we should show our gratitude?

10 Responses to “Life’s Beautiful Surprises”

  1. Lenore Diane 04/04/2011 at 18:27 #

    Rather than asking the questions, enjoy the moments, while keeping your eyes open for the next coincidence.

    • l0ve0utl0ud 11/04/2011 at 20:24 #

      You’re right, it is most important to enjoy the beautiful moment that we are experiencing rather than thinking too much about it. But after the moment is over, the fascinating questions do arise 😉

  2. Seasweetie 05/04/2011 at 04:21 #

    I have asked this question myself many times over the last few years. Things that seem to be amazing coincidences have happened and literally transformed my life – so I don’t beleive they were coincidences at all, but since I don’t believe in pre-destination either, what are they? The Universe speaking (or listening) to us? As I say when times are hugely challenging (and it’s one of my favorite quotes from “Out of Africa”), “the gods are happy. they play with us.”

    • l0ve0utl0ud 12/04/2011 at 10:22 #

      Indeed, it seems like at these times it is the universe that is listening to us; we are in harmony with forces that move us into the right direction. Thank you for the interesting quote.

  3. John Archer 06/04/2011 at 00:58 #

    It is interesting how, when life presents us with its magic, we feel compelled to analyze and define it withe logic and words such as: coincidence, fortune, destiny, divine providence, etc. etc.

    The magic of life is all around us. It never stops; a pod of Killer whales on a ferry boat ride; a chance meeting with an old friend on the other side of the world. The fulfillment of a dream we had years ago and forgot about. The examples are endless.

    Life IS magic – it was meant to be. The problem is that to experience this magic, our awareness must be connected to the heart. Unfortunately for most of us our awareness is connected to our mind and our daily issues. Thus we usually miss the magic because our magic receptors are not connected. We we are c”connected” we call it a coincidence.

    With this connection to the heart through the energy behind our breath we experience gratitude and love in our very being, without though. Then the magic begins. It pours on us like warm rain. Everywhere we turn there is a “coincidence”; seven rainbows in the sky, more stars than we every imagined; the moon takes on an iridescent glow we never saw before. Our friends become like angels when we look at them.

    This is how life was meant to be before we lost our way. Let us embrace the miracle of life and feel love, appreciation and gratitude for the human form and consciousness that allows us to feel and enjoy the miracle of our life.

    . . ./John

    • l0ve0utl0ud 11/04/2011 at 20:22 #

      Thank you for your beautiful comment. Yes, let’s embrace the miracle of life!

  4. Sade 15/04/2011 at 21:56 #

    I thank God For lifes beautiful surprises 😉

    • l0ve0utl0ud 17/04/2011 at 20:18 #

      That is wonderful. Recognising the beauty of life and being grateful for it is something we should all do!

  5. ladyfi 18/04/2011 at 04:04 #

    Enjoy the magic of the moment and feel thankful… it doesn’t really matter if it’s destined or accidental in the long run.. does it?

    That photo is stunning!

    • l0ve0utl0ud 18/04/2011 at 10:03 #

      Yes, making the most of the moment is the essential, especially because we will probably never get an answer to all these puzzling questions!

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