Serendipity: What A Lovely Word

The 18th Word

serendipitySerendipity such a lovely word. They even made a movie of that name, one that I really ought to watch if only to see whether they have done justice to the word. The first time I heard the word, I did a “seren…what?”

“Serendipitous” I believe was how it was used, the adjective: “Occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way.”

Serendipity Is A Beautiful Thing

Actually, a man who I was “seeing” a couple of years ago, said to me as we pulled out of a parking lot something about a“positive serendipity.” He quickly corrected himself, realizing that his statement was inaccurate. “That’s wrong,” he said, “There is only serendipity which is a positive thing. Serendipity cannot be negative!” He seemed almost angry for despoiling such a beautiful word.

There is a perfume that I love to use, not because it smells better than any other perfume ever made. I love it because of how I feel when I am wearing it. Anais Anais is the name of my favourite perfume, if you wanted to know. That perfume wears me. It does things to me. It makes me sashay and glide. I feel sexy, ultra sexy when I spray it behind my ears, on my wrists, over my body. My world somehow feels in order.

Everything Is In Order

Like so many of you, I have fought against life and the circumstances that it has brought me. As far back as I can recall, life felt as if it was a constant struggle, a war that I would never win. Battles here and there I won but the real big fight, the war seemed doomed from the start.

When the word “serendipity,” rolls off my lips that is exactly how I feel – everything is order.

serendipityHow could a girl like me win a handsome, rich man? When would my boat come in with my white picket fence life? For much of my life, it felt as if it never would. A few years after graduating from University, my degree felt like a worthless piece of paper as all the doors closed to the career that was supposedly on the horizon. Being a single mother and smack dab in the middle of the parent-young child sandwich, I was not sure what to do. Without even knowing what was happening, Serendipity stepped in. She never left me for long after that.

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Serendipity Steps In

“There’s always going to be the circumstances you can’t plan for. There’s always the unexpected relevance and the serendipity.” Jason Silva

It was never in my plan to get into communications. Politics was my love ever since I was old enough to climb onto a soap box and share my opinions. Circumstances had it that I would meet someone who hated politicians and especially the political party that was very much part of my journey up until my 35th year.

People and their concerns were always at the core of my being and so although elected politician I never became, they were never far from me for over 10+ years of my professional life.

Serendipity it was then as I launched into a fairly successful life as a public relations executive in government and the political sphere. She turned up again when circumstance took me to Canada and opened the window to fields that I would never have thought of entering – chaplaincy and criminal justice.

Many Rivers To Cross

serendipityIt was at the crossing of those two rivers that my life changed for ever – again.

“I have never chosen my next job. I focus on what’s in front of me, and serendipity steps in.” Susan Brooks

Almost twelve years after leaving her shores, there were no reasons to continue ignoring the desperate longing in my heart to return to Jamaica. I was terribly unhappy with my life in my new city of Toronto, a place that I had gone to two years before my decision to finally go home. A numbing kind of loneliness had set in, one that taught me to be so comfortable with my company having been abandoned and dumped by those who promised to be different and to be my family. I knew if I did not escape my self-imposed isolation sooner than later, a convent or an asylum would be my next home.

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Yet, Serendipity was not finished with me.

My old friend led me home but quickly started whispering to me to be careful of what I wished for. Soon, another set of false promises, lies, and outright “two-faced” attitudes – started to show themselves. I was at another crossroads in 2014 but this time, I knew I was not alone. So after almost five months in “paradise,” in five days I made the call, bought my return ticket and was on a plane back to Edmonton, Alberta.

This time, She came as the face of my grandchild. Still in her mother’s womb, this child called me “home.”

She Comes To Us All

lossThere are times when it seems as if nothing is going your way but I am here to tell you that more often than not everything is in perfect order. A wise woman once said to me that it get “worsa than worse, before it starts to get better.” For me “worsa” were suicide attempts, bankruptcy, a totally shattered heart, utter betrayal and abandonment.

“Better,” has been the breath of the Divine that breathes in and through me, reminding me constantly and when I will stand still enough, that All Is Well.

Awww…Serendipity, you are Beauty Itself.

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26 thoughts on “Serendipity: What A Lovely Word

  1. Julie

    Loved this idea and philosophy.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am glad 🙂 and thank you for dropping by.

  2. Such a wonderful post & I loved reading every part of it. The word Serendipity sounds really great, but honestly I never had a chance to watch that movie though. We all have lots of lessons to learn from the problems that are around us. We just need to motivate our-self & move on!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amen to that Lisa! Moving right along. 🙂

  3. Serendipity, a word I dont think about much and yet I experience a lot. What a lovely word. Clauedette, You keep sharing snippets of your life that have me thinking of what a charmed life many have lived and that we mustnt complain at all! Serendipity follows you for sure…In my book its called “Goodness and mercy” they cant ever be negative either 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      I love those words too Julie – “goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days of my life…” 🙂

  4. I do really love that word too – because I love experiencing it, and you know what? I actually really experience it often! 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Well there you go GiGi – like attracts like. 🙂

  5. Life is definitely a long journey. Thanks for spending the time to share your story with us.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Absolutely Alicia! As I often say, my mess is my message…and if I help just one, I have done my job. 🙂

  6. Nicole Escat

    I remember a movie titled “Serendipity”, it is really lovely. I super love this word too!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am glad that so many people love this word. Thanks for the visit Nicole. 🙂

  7. We just left vacationing in Canada.
    Serendipity…this will be my new song. “Serendipitous” I believe was how it was used, the adjective: “Occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way.” Yes indeed, running across you via social media. Your life lessons are inspiring others every day and I’m sure you are loving spoiling that bit of serendipity that sent you home. 😉
    I failed the quiz. ;(
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Never mind the quiz love. 🙂 Yes, my little serendipity is indeed the greatest joy in my life at this point – and she is the one spoiling me with her hugs and kisses. 🙂

  8. I totally get the “worsa”, but I don’t like it. We sure have to pass through a lot of yuck to get to the good sometimes. I’m glad you’re where you are content now.

    1. Ms Claudette

      LOL! I can just hear you saying the “worsa” liz! 🙂 Indeed there are a lot of dark alleys we have to traverse but the light at the end of the road, beckoning us makes it worth it, no?

  9. I loved the movie and I think this is such a lovely word! Serendipity, how beautiful is this chance to encounter something good. It gives makes you look forward to each day. I also find it amazing that someone like you, who has gone through so much in life, has remained to be positive. Keep inspiring people!
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    1. Ms Claudette

      I am going to be honest with you – not every day, not every minute I am able to maintain a positive attitude, mood or thoughts. The best part though, is that when I catch myself going sideways, I recognise it pretty quickly and do what I need to to adjust. 🙂 Thanks for you visit Carol!

  10. Elizabeth O.

    Serendipity is one of my favorite words, it definitely is beautiful as you have described it. It’s one of the best things to look forward to in life, that no matter how bad a situation is right now, there will be an encounter with something delightful and it will change the course of journey.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It most certainly have a wonderful impact on the course of our journey! Thanks for sharing your perspective Elizabeth. 🙂

  11. Life is one big learning experience, isn’t it? Thanks so much for sharing your journey.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed is! 🙂 Thank you for visiting Wendy.

  12. I remember reading stories to my kids about serendipity. There was even a second hand store in our local area with that name in the title! I think now my similar phrase – or phrase with a similar meaning – is “divine intervention” or “divine appointment.”

    Oh, and I couldn’t take your quiz because I haven’t read your previous posts.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      No problem with not doing the quiz. 🙂 Yes, those are other ways to saying it. Each of us have our own way of seeing such occurrences in our lives.

  13. It sounds like you have been through a lot in life. But you have learned from it. I think that is the point of all of our low times in life. We have something to learn from it. I believe that if you listen, you will know where your path will go.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, I have and as I always say, my mess is my message. Thanks for the visit Renee. 🙂

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