Not "Mere" Coincidence

Posted by Pavi Mehta on Nov 12, 2014
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Came across this quote today that made me smile: "Coincidence is God's way of staying anonymous." :) Moments of serendipity, whether you believe in a higher power or not, give us an opportunity to pause and reflect on what a wonder-full experience it is -- simply to be here together in all the marvelous mysterious ways that we are. Had a moment like that  a couple of months ago that I've been meaning to share. Last fall in southern France, I met a guy named Gunther. We were co-speakers at a conference and I enjoyed learning about his multidimensional work in the world while he really resonated with the work and ethos behind ServiceSpace. We meant to reconnect after the conference but didn't quite get around to it. Months passed and then one night this past September I saw a little post and photo on Gunther's Facebook feed that caught my attention: 
Today I had lunch at a small Vietnamese joint I frequent. In walk two guys in corporate uniform (slacks, pressed shirts) who sat at the adjacent table to mine, and who I thought were throwing me critical glances.

I finish my meal and the waitress tells me that the bill is paid for by the same gentlemen, and to look at the card they left in the bill pocket (attached).

I was touched; I walked over and both men extended their hands and smiled, completely unsolicited. Goes to show you that kindness and reciprocity do exist in this world. I promised them both I would pay it forward 2x.

Made my day. Now it's time to make someone else's.​

I smiled big, delighted by the unchoreographed perfection of the Universe at play. A few hours later reading the ServiceSpace feed my smile grew even bigger. ​There was a post that night about Aman and Deven tagging a random person with a Smile Card at a cafe in Los Angeles. His name was -- Gunther.

Coincidence may be a higher intelligence's mode of anonymity, but every once in a awhile, we catch a tell-tale glimpse of the vast, playful and profound energy behind-the-scenes that leaves its invisible fingerprints on everything...and it's impossible not to smile.   

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Comments (7)

  • Aaron wrote ...

    Today at work I received an email about the office secret Santa. Although I think this is a nice exercise and an opportunity to do something nice for your colleagues, I also think that we are all ok financially and will receive gifts elsewhere. This lead me to thinking that there are others that would appreciate the £5 we would spend in each other a lot more than we probably would so was thinking what/we could do. Then totally separate to this (so I thought)... I am a subscriber of Awakin Weekly and completely out of the blue I decided to read the bottom of the email which had a link to this page and the first post was about coincidence and the anonymous kindness!! How amazing!!

  • Sima Sanghvi wrote ...

    Incredible serendipity and synchronicity! Thanks for sharing, Pavi!! :)

  • Mia Tagano wrote ...

    I loved reading this story, the journey of kindness across lands, the circle of kindness - so beautiful.

  • Bradley Stoll wrote ...

    The beauty of connectedness and how the ripples of kindness and compassion can spread :). This was a beautiful example <3. Thank you for sharing, Pavi.

  • Somik Raha wrote ...

    Loved this story!

  • Guri Mehta wrote ...

    Loved this! Would be great to share on the KindSpring Feed. :-)

  • play game wrote ...

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