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Synchronicity III

Ever have that moment where you're walking down the street (or in line for coffee, or at the airport, or whatever) and you make eye contact with a complete stranger... and you think, "that's so weird, it feels like I know them..." Or you're walking through the aisles of a book store, and one cover just seems to jump out at you, from all the rest? Or you're on your way somewhere and you suddenly just feel like you should turn left instead of right?

There are, in just a single day, a million million choices we make, either by our actions or inactions, and each of these choices, mingled with the million million choices made by each of the billions of people around us, create an impossibly large quantity of possibilities. Countless potentials, innumerable realities. So when something seemingly random happens that just seems so.... impossibly perfect ... what do we do about it?

Often, we dismiss it, we ignore it, we don't think about it again. 

But sometimes... we follow it. We observe it. And, on those rare moments, if we're careful, and if we're brave enough...

We get to see a miracle happen. 

I'm not talking "water into wine" or raising the dead - I'm talking about meeting someone under the sort of conditions that would otherwise win the lottery who becomes your best friend; coming across a moment which triggers a solution to a problem that's been hounding you for months; being told sincerely to have a wonderful day on one those days where you really needed it. How does the universe know you needed what you needed, right when you needed it? Want to call it coincidence? Why not call it synchronicity? Not only is it a cooler word, but it implies that you were also in the right place at the right time. You were involved in helping make the moment happen.

And that's not such a terrible thing, right? Now, granted, we may not have the spidey sense to know when those sorts of things are going to take place. 

But as I see it, there are three things you can do to be involved. Try them out and see how they work for you:

1. Be receptive to the possibility of it all - the past does not define your future, what was may not be, and, honestly, anything can (and probably may) happen. 

2. When the magic happens, embrace it. We don't always get a second chance at a miracle - sometimes that window is painfully short - be ready to jump from the lion's mouth when it opens up for you.

3. Be that miracle for others. Maybe you're the one who has to sincerely tell someone else to have a wonderful day, perhaps you're the one who needs to be that best friend to someone else. 

So, really, what are you waiting for? Get out there and be miraculous, my friends!