Serendipity, coincidence, happenstance, a fluke…none of which are words I believe in, although they all have a nice ring to them. I believe everything happens for a reason. And I do mean, everything. happens. for. a. reason. Sound cliche? Phrase it another way then if you’d like, but I stand firm. Now sometimes, the reason may not be all that apparent, which used to really bug me. But I roll with it these days, and when it’s revealed, I’m pleasantly surprised. And when the reason isn’t revealed, it’s either not the right time yet, or I wasn’t paying attention and I missed it. Either way, I’m good.
What is it about threes?
What I find interesting is that even though I don’t believe in coincidences, I’ve observed that things usually present themselves to us (to me at least), in threes.
Last week I received an email from a girlfriend, in which she shared that the same message had come across her path twice recently, in different forms. After which she lightheartedly added that she was now awaiting her “number 3.” This week, as she and I chatted about business over pedicures (sweet!), she told me the third had arrived. [ Time to get cracking, Nancy! ]
For me, I’m not just talking about this happening every once in a while, I’m talking about this happening several times per week. Take this week. My ‘Law of Threes’ had to do with dreams vs. the reality of life. I’ll explain.
I couldn’t sleep Tuesday night, but I didn’t feel like writing either (which is what I typically do when I can’t sleep). I wanted to watch a movie. As I scanned my options, I was drawn to watching Inception. I say I was drawn, because that’s the only way I can describe it. I didn’t walk upstairs with that specific movie in mind. (I actually thought I’d watch Eclipse.) I didn’t know one single thing about Inception’s premise. All I knew were a few of the actors who starred in it and that most folks were on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of liking it or not.
So there’s my #1 — drawn to watch a movie I knew nothing about, which ended up being about dreams and reality.
#2 — The following day, Wednesday, I got into an in depth conversation with a friend about dreams, which she brought up, not I. She specifically spoke about dreams vs. reality. At this point, I’m thinking, okay, what’s the message in this for me? I’m paying attention. What am I supposed to be learning?
I continued the rest of the day with the thought of dreams and reality somewhere in my mind, either in the back or forefront, but definitely there. I thought about the blog article I wrote a few weeks back entitled, “Dreaming. Living. Reality.” I had given a lot of thought to the topic then, seemingly being pretty transparent and open that yes, I am a dreamer; a dreamer with a mission (to sum up the article). I thought that I had worked out whatever I needed to work out through the writing of that article. Why was it popping up again then? Had I missed something? Had I not been true to myself? Was there more to it?
#3 — Yesterday, Thursday, the first email I opened was my Daily Inspiration from don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements. It read:
“Express your love openly. Life is nothing but a dream, and if you create your life with love, your dream becomes a masterpiece of art.”
Yes! It all made perfect sense! That’s exactly what I meant earlier by being pleasantly surprised when it comes together, like when you have an “Ah-ha” moment. And even though my 1, 2, & 3 probably don’t mean anything to you, they make perfect sense to me, for what I’m going through right now in life! When you experience your “Law of Threes,” I suspect it will have a specific meaning to you.
From my experience, pay attention, everything is connected. And once you receive your message, lesson, or whatever you were meant to receive – - give thanks. The more I express gratitude with each discovery Our Creator places in front of me, the more frequently he delivers such golden nuggets.
And what if I’m paying attention and am still unable to make the connection? Here’s how I see it: if you’re able to connect the dots, that’s great, because you’ve probably learned and grown from the reflective nature of the experience. And if you don’t ever make the connection, that’s great too, because now you’ve been given the opportunity to Trust. Knowing there’s something bigger than you, taking care of your needs, and presenting you with opportunities to practice quieting your mind and worries – - if only you’ll Trust. That truly is a great thing.