Synchronicity

You have brains in your head. You have feet in you shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where you to go.

Dr. Suess

The Oxford Dictionary defines synchronicity as, the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no causal connection. I experience synchronicity quite often. As an example, when I was deciding what I would write about today, I saw a Facebook post with quotes from  children’s books. I knew immediately this was what I wanted to use as a starting point for this week’s writing. I was looking for something and there it was.

The photo above is another example of what some might call a meaningful coincidence. I was in New York for a business meeting, staying at The Carlyle Hotel, when I noticed the hotel bar was named Bemelmans. Ludwig Bemlemans  is the author and illustrator of my favorite children’s books, the Madeline series. He  transformed the bar with a whimsical mural of Central Park scenes in exchange for a year and a half of accommodations at The Carlyle for him and his family. This is the only actual surviving  Bemelmans’ commission open to the public and here it was in the hotel where I was staying.

Recently, I was asked to become a volunteer for an organization advocating for children. A couple weeks later, I was at a holiday party when I happened to talk to an attorney whose firm represents the organization I had been asked to volunteer for. She lives in a condo just a couple doors down from ours. I would call that synchronicity.

Sometimes we just need to be aware of what is going on in our lives. What might seem like a chance happening could be in alignment with with our current thoughts or path. It doesn’t hurt to keep an open mind regarding what is going on around us.

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