Coincidence or more…

I suspect this has likely happened to you at some point in your life… (or this year, this month or this week!). You meet or contact someone and get the “Oh wow, I was thinking about you, or I was about to call you, or I just found this old card you sent me and wondered how you were”.

For many of you, these are mere coincidences, nothing more. Life happens and sometimes distinct activities just merely cross each other. For others, this is another manifestation that our lives are more interconnected than we may think.

Just last week I sent a note to my kettlebell instructor whom I had not seen in over a year. She replied “Sylvie, Sylvie, Sylvie – I was having coffee with two other students and they asked how you were doing. Yours ears must have been burning!”.

Why was this expression ever invented if NOT for such crossings that some call coincidences, and other calls “connections”. I chanced on this story this morning as I was checking my emails.

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/09/03/2010-09-03_terminal_cancer_patient_reunited_with_long_lost_daughter_who_turns_out_to_be_hos.html

This dying man who left his family when his daughter was very young ends up having her as his palliative care nurse.

She saw his name on the list of new patients and discovered that this patient was in fact her father. Some could say it is just coincidence. He is a admitted to a facility close to where he lived when he was with his daughter. She stayed close to her original home. It is merely a coincidence that they meet at this time in his life.

 One day, Meagan and I were returning from the United States and we had JUST finished a conversation where I had mentioned about my long time friend. This friend and I see each other a few times a year, and we keep in touch via email. As we waited to get through Customs, on the other side of the fence, I see a car parked and the driver looked a lot like my friend. I mentioned it to Meg and she told me that couldn’t be. Turned out it was him and his family headed to the US for a long weekend.

Can I tell you that the odds of this happening are so infinitesimally small. Why did we happen to be at the same place, at the same time, right after I had a conversation about him?  Thirty seconds earlier or later we would have missed each other completely. Can it be that these “connections” happen on a daily basis, and we just don’t notice them often? Or are these connections a reality?

I’d rather believe that this world is a series of billions of interconnectivity with all we have met in our lives. What are your thoughts? Have you had alike “connections” that just go beyond coincidences?