People often refer to an event or a circumstance as being a coincidence (a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection) or serendipity (the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way), or by chance (the occurrence and development of events in the absence of any obvious design). Several times I have experienced such an event – which makes me wonder – is it really a coincidence or something else?
For example –
First, there is the recent time when we came upon the priest figure along the phone. I detailed that event in an earlier post – https://carolynlbraun.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/a-very-short-touching-story-about-a-vietnam-war-veteran/. Was it a coincidence that the landowner came along to tell me that story at just the right time – or was it a story that needed to be told?
About 15 years or so ago, we wanted a pull-behind camper. At that time, we didn’t really have a lot of extra money. So we mostly just keep talking about it. One day, a man came to our door to get a burning permit. (We have been fire wardens for over 40 years.) As we talked, he told us how he was in financial trouble and needed to get rid of his camper. The best part was he just wanted to turn it over to someone and have them continue to make the payments. It didn’t take us long to volunteer – and we quickly became the owners of our long-wanted camper. For the next few years, we enjoyed it on the shore of Lake Superior at a campground in Two Harbors. Remember, the camper came to us.
A few years later we had started to talk about getting a motorhome. We wanted to travel to other places, not just to the campground, One day, we were at a friend’s house. He mentioned that he needed to clean out his metal building and one of the things he needed to move was his Dad’s motorhome. On a lark, we decided to go look at it. As we stepped into the motorhome, we realized it was exactly what we had talked about – the arrangement, everything. Of course, we had no idea how we could fund it – but we didn’t need to worry. The owner arranged for a loan with a local bank – and less than a week later we were the proud owners of a motorhome. The motorhome came to us.
And finally, for years we have talked about getting a classic car. I’ve always loved the cars from the 1930’s with the suicide doors – the gangster cars. Well, guess what. Out of the blue, one of our friends asked if we knew of anyone who might be interested in just such a car. Stay tuned – maybe that car will come to us, too.
So, are all of these things coincidence? Did they really all happen by chance? What do you think? It’s certainly making me wonder.