‘Coincidences’ talk

‘Coincidences’ talk

Today was the day that I decided to pack up the boys’ books. It felt like we’d been having a children’s book invasion. Every corner of the house was filled with their books and I’d been getting a little cranky about the mess.

 

Today I decided that I would clear out our bookshelf and make space for their books.

What do you all think of coincidences?

I don’t believe in coincidence. I always think that everything happens for a reason. And I’ve believed in that ever more strongly after reading Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.

The Alchemist is such a powerful book that I highly recommend it.

 

Of course, there are people who think otherwise, so it’s really a matter of which perspective you choose to hold. 😏

So back to the bookshelf…

 

As I was clearing it out, I found this book.

“Aha!” I thought to myself.

“What a wonderful coincidence! How come I haven’t read this book? I’m sure it’s been on my shelf for a long time!”

 

I’d been feeling very strongly the need to read from an actual physical paperback instead of an e-book and was planning to raid my sister’s library soon, but it looked like I didn’t need to anymore.

About an hour ago, I opened the book and was startled to see this:

It was a birthday present from my sister!

 

NINE YEARS AGO!!!

 

I didn’t even remember the book and even now, I’m not sure if I actually read it 9 years ago.

I started reading and this book turned out to be full of heartwarming stories from various women. They had gone through all sorts of experiences:

 

– War

– Hunger

– Poverty

– Misery

– Doubt

– Fatigue

 

As I read on, I found that the experiences ranged from really big problems to minor everyday irritations.

 

But the common theme throughout was that they trusted in a greater power to guide them through.

I couldn’t help feeling how apt it was for me to have discovered this book on Christmas.

 

I couldn’t help feeling how encouraging it was for me to read about the problems of others and how they went through them.

 

I couldn’t help feeling how helpful it was for me to be reminded of the bigger world.

And then it occurred to me how amazing the sequence of events turned out to be:

– Feeling the need for a good book (and it appeared on my bookshelf)

 

– Thinking of raiding my sister’s library (and this book turned out to be from her)

 

– Feeling a little overwhelmed by my work and everyday responsibilities (and the stories in the book helped me to clear my mind)

Coincidence?

Or not?

While you decide, my tummy is growling.

 

And that, is an omen that I cannot ignore. 🤣

 

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