Did you ever read the book, The Celestine Prophecy? I read it in the late 1990s and it has stuck with me over the years. I encourage a lot of people to read it. One time, I even bought a copy for a friend… he said he couldn’t get into it. No matter. I think that I fell in love with the book on approximately page 1 – one of the first characters we are introduced to is Charlene. That’s my mom’s name, so it felt as though the universe was sending me a message that this book and its lessons were for me. Truth told, I’m not even sure my interpretation is accurate, but to me, the message from the book is that there are no coincidences in life. For example, and this is from the book, when you run into a person who you haven’t seen in a while, it is not simple irony that has drawn you together. In fact, it is the universe telling you that you have information to exchange.
I remember once, I ran into a guy named Jim at a restaurant. Jim and I had done a bit of not-for-profit volunteer board work together years ago and only marginally knew one another. At the restaurant, we exchanged casual, friendly hellos and went on our respective ways. Two days later, at another restaurant, in another part of town, with completely different dining companions, under totally different circumstances, we ran into one another again. A week later… no joke… same thing happened. I was convinced at the time that the universe was trying to tell Jim and me that we had information to exchange. I wish I could confirm to you that we knowingly figured that out and readily shared what we had to offer. We did not. But, I must admit, I have wondered ever since. That was about four years ago.
Last Thursday, I was thinking about a friend and former colleague, Mike. On Friday, I ran into him at a local breakfast spot. It was great to see him. He’s one of those genuinely awesome folks who I feel grateful to know and from whom I always get abounding insight and wisdom on any number of topics. We reminded one another that we never set up our next meeting over Coffee (well, Cokes). We committed to doing so. How lucky for me that the universe brought us together so that we could get our meeting scheduled.
Also on Friday, I ran into a former Sprint colleague of mine at Target. I haven’t seen him in more than three and a half years – since I left Sprint. Funny thing… later that night, I was having late night Coffee at the Barnes & Noble Starbucks when I saw him leave the store with his family. Twice in one day I see a fellow who I haven’t seen in years! I wonder what information we had to exchange. I hope that we run into one another again so that we can figure it out. I don’t want to miss the opportunity… now he’s on my list to connect with in the near future.
I encourage you to read the book if you are so inclined. Whether you choose to do so is a sidebar. What I really hope to impart is encouragement to capitalize on opportunities when they present themselves. When you run into people, be sure to eke out the message that the universe is sending your way. The knowledge with which you leave the encounter, I’m certain, will leave you richer for the experience.