The gift in anything we receive is not always obvious, even when it’s staring us right in the face.
I’m sure you’ve all experienced incidents where you were in a hurry and managed to get every traffic light, or those times when some idiot who is trying to back into a driveway, jumps out of a truck and stops traffic in order to direct the vehicle. Frustrating, yes, but do you ever stop to consider that delay may have saved your life? If you’ve had the unfortunate opportunity to witness a tragic car accident right in front of you, the realization that is could have been you is thrown in your face! Perhaps that extra traffic light is the reason it wasn’t you!
We all know survivors of 9-11 who say they missed their train that day, or were too sick to go into work. You think of someone for the first time in years, and run into them a few hours later. Perhaps you’re in deep contemplation, asking a question in your mind, and you hear the answer in the lyrics of a song on the radio or an overheard conversation. You can deem it a coincidence, but when you start noticing these type of situations, you begin to see a pattern of synchronicity. What happens in most people’s lives is beyond their control. Think about it, no matter how carefully you design your life, you cannot know how it will be affected by a single random event. One small detail can and will change everything. Synchronicity and intuition seem to be separate phenomena, but intuition is more like an internal knowing based on knowledge and past experiences. Synchronicity is something in the Universe that happens against the odds and seems to place an answer to an inner need we have.
I have personal experience of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Although I was doing everything right; running in the day, against traffic, on the safety shoulder of the road, I was struck head-on and thrown 15 feet in the air. There was no escape; it was a tragedy I survived. I know for sure that it was a gift, because it changed who I am. I survived and eventually worked my way back to running.
I’ve interviewed many others whose tragedies left them paralyzed or maimed. I’ve spoken with cancer patients who feel blessed by their disease, simply because it opened their eyes to gratitude and love.
Of course you shouldn’t go looking for mishaps, but be aware that an inconvenience can be what saves you from a greater mishap. It’s those annoyances, frustrations and inconveniences that we learn the greater lesson from. If you keep your eye on the big picture of life it becomes very clear.