by Nate Truman
“Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering a farmer’s daughter.”
– Julius Comroe Jr.
Serendipity means an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. The word was coined by Horace Walpole (1717-92) he said he formed it from the Persian fairy tale “The Three Princes of Serendip,” whose heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
For the first time in history, we have the power to experience many lifetimes of special moments, thanks to technology.
When I drive my TV style batmobile to charity events,
I love to see the variety of responses from people. The reaction I seem to be drawn to lately, is the person so lost in their own little world that they don’t even notice what is going on around them that is unique and special. With others around them pointing and shouting out “Look, it’s the Batmobile!”
they stare at their cell phones or watches, unable to break free for a moment of serendipity.
Thanks to “youtube” live performances or lost TV shows can now live again, and amongst the thousands of clips and videos, there are a few that will move you if you let them. Below is one such video of a beautiful dance performed by dancers who have lost limbs. No one else in the world could perform this dance. To me it was a beautiful statement on how lovers complete each other, and without the other, are less than whole. Take a deep breath and sit for a moment, and watch this short dance.
Now, you may be moved to be thankful for having all your limbs, or you may wish you could dance half as well as these performers, but that’s not what I hope you take away from this special performance.
All around you, every day there is beauty. There are smiles. Funny happenings that you are missing. Special moments that come and are gone in a flash at your dinner table, or in your back yard. More importantly, you can create serendipitous moments just by being open to the “infinite now” that you are in. If you look for the wonderous, the good, the unique, they will start appearing. Unfortunately, the same is true when you look for the ugly, the unfair, the mundane and the evil. One aspect of serendipity to bear in mind is that you have to be looking for something in order to find something else.
In this brief moment, look up, and enjoy the positive serendipity all around you today!