Serendipity: The faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.
Serendipity. It’s a big word that some attribute to luck, others to fate or even to simple happenstance. I have always liked this word and yet never really knew how to accurately define or describe it. It’s finding a dollar in the street while you are walking. It’s running into someone that sparks your heart or your mind while you are out getting groceries. It’s seeing a beautiful cloud formation outside the window while you are sitting through a boring meeting. For me, it’s evidence of Spirit and a direct form of communication with our guides.
These little treasures that lay along our path are the rewards for listening to our hearts and following through on the little nudges we get to go here or do that. I have most often found that I am blessed with serendipitous gifts when I let myself out of my routine and follow my inner guidance. Maybe it means that I take a different route to work, or shop at a different store or even just look out the window when I get the urge. Whatever it is, I will more often than not find something that inspires me.
I try not to over-think things but sometimes I find myself wondering what would have happened if I had not taken some of the little detours along my path. Would I be in the same job? Would I be in the same state? Would I have ever met the love of my life? Many of my greatest blessings have come through taking detours that I felt compelled or guided to take. What would my life look like if I had stayed on the straight and narrow? I don’t know, but I’m sure it would have been a lot more boring and lackluster than where I am now.
When I think about serendipity, it is hard to not equate it with the Fool card in the Tarot. This traveler may have a destination in mind, but he is wide eyed and willing to explore the side roads as well as the main highways. Many of the people he will meet along his journey will be on the main highway. This is where the Emperor and the Hierophant reside. Yet, the Fool will never meet the Hermit or the Star if he doesn’t wander off the path from time to time.
It seems a bit wrong to tell you to expect or seek serendipity. How can you truly receive something “not sought for” if you are expecting to find something? This isn’t quite the right perspective to have. Keeping our focus like that of the Fool is a better place to start. Keep your eyes open. Open your heart to your inner guidance. Then just go.
With every step we take, we are one step closer to witnessing something inspiring. Miracles happen everywhere.