Yesterday, four gray deer with fluffy white tails were grazing in the yard when I walked out on the porch with my coffee. One lunged up on its back legs to reach the apparently delicious leaves hanging from a branch. I had never seen that before.
My lucky timing was an example of serendipity, the occurrence of events seemingly by chance that add to our lives and are associated with happy feelings. When we open ourselves to the boundless possibilities of life, then we can wake up looking forward to the day and eagerly asking, “I wonder what will happen today?!”
Last December I went to our local bookstore, Books A Million, looking for a book about Native American history and culture. One of the staff members directed me to books on the topic. As I was browsing, I asked another customer what he was looking for. He explained that he led a man’s book club and he was searching for the next World War II book to discuss. I expressed an interest in the topic and he suggested a book that I did buy for a friend for Christmas.
Then he noted that he had overheard that I wanted a book on Native American history. He suggested a book that included the tragedy of boarding schools that some Native Americans were forced to attend. The book title was something about the tender land, he recalled, but he couldn’t remember the author’s last name, except that it started with a K. With determination, he started looking in his phone to find it. Eventually, we drifted to other areas of the store, and I didn’t see him again. When I got to the counter, the Books A Million gal said, “A man left this book for you.” There it was, William Kent Krueger’s 2019 book, This Tender Land. I devoured the book about the journey of four orphan boys in search of a home and all of the people who cross their paths along the way.
Now that was a serendipitous surprise! You never know when a total stranger will go out of his or her way to be helpful. Or you will wake up and be surprised by the amazing exploits of deer or butterflies or birds.
May your serendipitous experiences fill you with wonder and joy and happiness.