“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” — Albert Einstein

It has been a particularly trying couple of weeks for a variety of reasons. I have to be honest, it is nothing really out of the ordinary. Just life. I have so many blessings, there is absolutely no reason to look at these series of challenges in any other way. Perhaps I should listen more closely to what I preach: adversity is never an “if” proposition, but always a “when” proposition.

Yet, as the end of this week approached, I really started feeling sorry for myself. I should have recognized the warning signs, exercised some personal leadership and avoided the self-pity party. But I admit, I didn’t.

Early this afternoon, out of the blue, I received a text message.

I looked at it: “Hi, this is Katelyn” it said.

To be honest, I was so self-absorbed, I did not recognize the name. I was in the middle of a thousand and one things, all far more important than to be distracted by some “errant” text message.

It had to be one of my daughter’s friends, I thought. A random event. A mistake.

I thought about it.

Then, took the plunge, played along and answered.

Turns out, it wasn’t one of my younger daughter’s associates. It was someone I never expected. Someone very important to me. Someone I have not seen in a while. Today, at precisely the right moment, for some reason, she thought of me, and just wanted to say “hello”. Nothing more. Just a few words. A brief connection. We “chatted” back and forth for a few minutes, said our “by c u soons” and that was it.

As her gift to me – the simple act of reaching out to reconnect – began to sink in, it turned into a smile. It spread both inside and out and chased away all of those things that consumed me. Suddenly, my problems just did not seem so overwhelming to me any more. Nothing about the day, the work load or the adversity I thought I faced had changed. Only the way I looked at it did. What began as an “errant” text ended up bringing me back to reality.

I was all better.

If you aren’t careful, you may miss out on one of these random events, mistakes, or “errant” texts. Just as there is a reason for everything, there is a time and a place for coincidence. Turns out, it is usually when you need it the most.


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