Friday 9 May 2008

A Prompt

Occasionally I have to resort to using prompts to get me started on writing something. Recently I accepted the word synchronicity as a prompt for a poem. What came to my mind was this:

Using synchronicity is making connections

between things in your life,

and letting those connections

add up to an opportunity

that takes you from where you are

to somewhere better.

My wonderful Readers’ Digest Wordpower Dictionary tells me that synchronicity is the simultaneous occurring of events.

In his book, The Celestine Vision (the reading of which I was assured would completely change my life), James Redfield wrote about synchronicity. He refers to a series of amazing coincidences that lead to opportunities which we must grasp on our journey through life, if we are to follow the spiritual path set out for us. I’m not sure I’m ready for the spiritual side, but I sure agree about the coincidences.

One of my treasured memories is bumping into an acquaintance I liked and admired but had lost touch with. It happened that we both took a holiday on a Greek island starting on the same day. And we both chose to eat in the same restaurant on that day so that we met up there. We were both bowled over by this coincidence and spent a lot of time together during that holiday. That was about twenty years ago and we are still firm friends who trust each other and rely on each other for all kinds of support.

That’s what I call synchronicity.


Rebecca Laffar-Smith said...

James Redfield's version of synchronicity sounds more like serendipity. :-) Unlikely events that bring together an improbable probability. Serendipity always makes me think of the movie with the same name. I love chick flicks so a romance based on the unlikely odds of meeting years after a chance meeting and finding love touches my heart.

Synchronicity is all about the timing. This obviously plays an important role in serendipity. All these events have to happen in perfect synchronicity or opportunities are lost.

Of course, I'm a firm believer that if an opportunity is lost, we were never meant to have it and that something better is right around the corner. Faith in fate. ;-)

Unknown said...

Not sure what actual words JR used, Rebecca. It's a long time since I read that book, but the words make for an interesting topic, I think. Thanks for your addition.

veinglory said...

Just letting you know that in IE7 I am seeing a lot of stray code in your posts, probably from a word processing program

!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--!--[endif]-- etc....

Unknown said...

Thanks for letting me know about this Emily. I normally use Firefox but will see if I get the same in IE. I guess I need to save as a text file before copying in if I don't want to draft in the blog.

JesieBlogJourney said...

I am using IE7 and just realized that it was not intentional when Emily pointed it out.

I wish I have more time to read and write like you. Anyway, Happy Mother's Day.

Thanks for your nice comments on my travel blog.

Dave King said...

Always interesting to hear about the prompts others use to get their poems started.

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