Originally published on September 28, 2019
I’m listening to a book right now that was on my Overdrive “wish list” for a while. This simply means that in Overdrive you can make a list of books that you’re interested in reading or listening to and flag those so that when you’re looking for a new book, you can go to your list. I couldn’t say how long the book has been on my wish list, but it’s been a while. The last book I listened to was a funny crime novel—the equivalent of a snack or dessert with no sustenance. Therefore, I felt like the book that I should listen to next should have some value. However, since I’m trying to listen to it as I’m running, I need it to be something that really draws me in because I want it to distract me from the physical exertion of running.
The book I chose is Deepok Chopra’s The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence. I’m not going to lie. The book is generally not distracting enough for me to run to (which is why I am now listening to a different book as I’m running). However, this book is one that is causing me to stop and think—and that’s, in part, why I can’t listen to it while running. Chopra says things that cause me to reflect and it is that reflection that distracts me from hearing what he is saying and then, next thing I know, he’s on to something else. Nevertheless, I cannot help but see coincidences everywhere since I started listening to the book this past weekend.
A small example happened on Tuesday. On my way home from work, I almost always talk with my best friend (hands free). On Tuesday, when I called, she couldn’t talk. She sent me a text that said, “In another webinar. What later?” Since I wasn’t talking to her, I listened to The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire. In the book, among other things, he talked about a man who wasn’t sure if he was going to propose. Then he decided he would and, just at that moment, a plan flew overhead pulling a banner. His girlfriend said, “I wonder what that banner says.” He said, “It says, Joanna, will you marry me?” When they actually saw what the banner said, it said, “Joanna, will you marry me?” Another man had hired that plan to drag the banner so he could propose to his girlfriend Joanna and, as “luck” would have it, there were two men who wanted to propose that day at that park to two different women both named Joanna.
It was also on my drive home on Tuesday that I realized that I needed to get a different book to listen to while running and, once again, I chose a book that had been on my wish list for a while. I chose, Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I’ve been waiting to read this book for a year because last summer I ran to his book, Have A Little Faith: A True Story. I LOVED that book and found it extremely engaging! It was so engaging, in fact, that I couldn’t listen to the end of it while running because I knew I would cry and I couldn’t do that and run at the same time. So, since I wanted to listen to a book that I knew would be engaging and would be relatively short, I chose The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Wouldn’t you know, in the beginning of the book it spoke about a plane pulling a banner!? I can’t tell you the last time I thought of a plan pulling a banner, yet here it was twice in the same day.
A larger example of coincidence happened on Monday. On August 23rd, I was thinking of calling my friend Catie but didn’t. On that same night, she sent me a text. Keep in mind, the last time we spoke or texted was August 6th—nearly three weeks before that. The reason she sent me a text had nothing to do with why I was thinking about her, but there she was. I told her, “LOL! I almost called you on my way home because I was thinking about you. We’re still psychically connected,” to which she said, “Of course we are.” So as I was listening to Chopra on my drive in to work on Monday, he was talking about how everyone is connected. That made me think of Catie. That made me think, “If there’s anything to what he’s saying, Catie will call or text me today because we’re ‘psychically connected.’” I didn’t think again about that until 4:48 on Monday when I got a text from Catie where she said she was working on creating presentation and it “made me think of you.” I was dismayed!
I’m sharing this with you not to have you read the book or to think I’m crazy (LOL). I’m sharing this because I’m wondering if there are things that you might start to notice now that I’m sharing this with you. What are the coincidences that are happening for you and what is it you are meant to learn as a result of this? For me, I’m taking away a little bit more faith in the world around me…that we are all connected and that maybe if I spend a little bit more time noticing, I might have more to see!