Life is full of things you expect, and often of things you expect to go wrong. It’s a nice moment when you look up and find you’ve suffered one of those happy little accidents, a moment where something that didn’t go right suddenly went very right, possibly changing your life.
Serendipity is funny that way. Maybe it’s a delayed flight, or a car accident where you meet someone who ends up being special. Perhaps its a lottery ticket that wins despite the fact that you transposed your normal numbers. Could be it’s the errant bird that flies through your prized photograph, only to realize that the “intruder” is a special catch on its own.
Moments like these, albeit usually smaller, happen to us every day but we are prone to miss them. Our focus, too often, remains fixed on what’s broken, what’s wrong, or what isn’t perfect. Life is significantly more complex than that, and the subtle shift to openness, a willingness to take a chance, or even to recognize the possibility of amazing things in the midst of chaos is what distinguishes someone who lives their life, instead of someone who let’s life live them. It is also the mark of a great leader.
I myself have missed many of those moments through the years. Some I can look back on and see it, others simply vanished without my realization. I have been too focused, or too busy on building my career that I’ve let great opportunities slip by. I know I have. The good thing is that you get several more chances for little happy accidents. I’ve chosen to see them better, to be receptive to their meanings, to take a chance when I recognize them, I am pretty sure my life has changed because of it.
Serendipity is good. Let a little happen to you, then do something about it.