My sweet 91 year old grandmother visited me a few weeks ago, and she used the word serendipity several times. Then within just a few days this word, serendipity, presented itself to me many times in random locations. It was right in front of me again yesterday. I figured this is a word I am supposed to pay attention to.
Realizing I didn’t really know what it meant, I went to the trusty Google to find out.
A pleasant surprise, according to Wikipedia.
The phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for, according to Mirriam-Webster.
And according to Wiktionary, the term was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754 when writing a fantasy story about three princes.
Many other definitions include the word luck.
I love a good St. Patrick’s Day celebration full of leprechauns and luck, but I don’t really put much faith in them. I’m not sure I believe in luck or coincidence at all. In fact, I believe that everything happens for a reason. And a good one too.
I think I like the definition of serendipity to be: amazing things happening without trying or looking.
Like seeing an old friend you haven’t seen for years at the salon. Like opportunities falling in your lap. Like peace on a chaotic day.
I have found myself in the battles of control lately. Knowing that I can truly only control things like what color shirt to wear that day (and sometimes something gets spilled on it and I have to change, so I’m sometimes not even in control of that!). One of my yoga teachers, Victoria, once said that when we hold onto things in life so intensely, like a squeezed tight fist, everything gets so intense. Eyebrows are constantly furrowed, shoulders are tight, and necks are painful. And when we choose to let go of control, releasing the fists, relaxing the muscles, allowing the ebb and flow of life, we can often feel such release. Such peace. Possibly even serendipity.
I invite you to stop what you’re doing (cause I’m about to ruin the image and the style ya used to). Yes, I love me some 90’s hip-hop dance music!
Anyways, I invite you to stop and actually take a deep breath. And with your exhale relax all your muscles. Allow your shoulders to drop, your jaw to release, your brows to relax. Un-clench anything that is squeezed. Actually open your palms and allow them to release anything you’re holding on to. Release control of that one moment. Then release control of the next – allowing yourself to flow with the tide.
I think when we can truly live a life allowing ourselves to flow with what is that is when the entirety of life will be serendipity.