Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fortunate Coincidences

The Best Decisions:: Here's a thoughtful post from Wendy Cheng: she says she was thinking about LIFE "...and how decisions let us either make it or break it.... Well, I think my life is pretty darn good so here are all the best, totally life-changing, decisions I think I've made in my life!" Wendy goes on to LIST the decisions she believes made things better for her... as you read through the list, it's going to hit you that these "decisions" were guided by the hand of what I call "fortunate coincidence." Although Wendy, at the end of her post, sums up by saying some of the happy coincidences "...are more of a luck thing than a decision thing" I hope she'll read through them again. There's more at work here than "Lucky Stars" - there's a rhythm to capturing the best things in life.

I know someone personally who benefitted from fortunate, happy coincidences. A high school classmate who succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams. He's a millionaire today and has a wonderful life. I can't get into the story without his permission, so I will distill it for you: he made a little tool to help him get better results with his hobby, which involved perfroming in public. One day, a man at one of his performances noticed the tool and asked my 'mate where he might obtain one. My friend told him "I made it. Here take it! I'll make myself another!' --- You see what happened? My friend GAVE something and asked for nothing in return. What he got, about six months later, was a phone call from the man who said HE had a friend who would like to use the tool, but wouldn't feel right about not paying for it. To cut to the chase, the man's friend was a very powerful individual, and his intervention skyrocketed my ex-classmate along the road of recognition to ultimate prosperity. Wendy's chance encounter with her SPAM email inbox reminded me of this story of how the smallest things can be catalysts for the biggest changes in our lives.

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