Monday, February 5, 2007

Serendipity

Serendipity has been defined as "the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way". I like the idea of serendipity rather than my previous "there is no coincidence" philosophy, thinking there was some great master plan that unfolded the events of my life. I like the idea of random things happening that make me smile.

There is a beauty to having people and events cut across your path in this life without your having planned for it, intended for it, prayed for it, cried over it or otherwise wished for it. It is these moments that restore my sense of wonder, my love for life. There is a certain loveliness in greeting each moment with an "I wonder what will happen next".

If you've seen the movie Pleasantville you'll recall the scene where George, Betty and Bill are sitting on the bench and the following conversation wraps up the film:

George Parker: So what's going to happen now?
Betty Parker: I don't know. Do you know what's going to happen now?
George Parker: No
George Parker: [laughing]
George Parker: ...I don't!
Bill Johnson: I guess I don't either.

This is life. You can never tell what's going to happen. It is what makes life simultaneously grueling and sublime.

tall penguin

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