Today, I’m thankful for serendipity (and knowing when it happens!).
Or when I spill something and then realize the floor really needs a mopping (not sure if that qualifies but perhaps serendipity is as much to do with one’s outlook as it is with actual outcomes…).
By profession I’m a graphic designer and now that I think about it, many of the best design solutions come about by serendipity. It’s allowing things to happen and to recognize when something you hadn’t intended shows itself and you suddenly see how it makes sense and is “it” — which happened seemingly by mistake.
It’s the kind of thing that makes you think “what if”? In hindsight, most things seem serendipitous. I’ve had jobs that were torture—ones that I thought I was permanently traumatized from (half-kidding), only to reconnect with people from those jobs years later and not only like them, but really enjoy their company and connect with them on a whole new level.
Even my aforementioned brush with mortality. At the time, it threw me into a deep depression. The “feeling hopeless” kind of depression. It was dark and horrible and joyless. But… 9 years later, I can say that that experience and the process I have gone through to move through it, has me in a place in my life I never would have expected and am so very glad to be in.
Is it serendipity or just life having its way? Either way, I am grateful for it.