Dr. Wayne Dyer spoke of coincidence often; “In mathematics, two angles that are said to coincide fit together perfectly. The word coincidence does not describe luck or mistakes. It describes that which fits together perfectly.”
This past Sunday things fit perfectly together. I was holding a book signing event at a Barnes & Noble book store more than two hours from my home. Being in an unfamiliar location and not knowing who would show up presented opportunities for fear and doubt to jump around the mosh pit of my mind (Chapter 3). Although I did not know exactly how the event would play out, I knew a miraculous day would soon transpire.
When the event began an older gentleman immediately walked up to me. I introduced myself and he purchased my book. Wow! That was easy. He did not ask many questions, yet seemed determined to get a copy and then go about his day. (Coincidence?)
Moments later a young woman floated by. She came to a stop at the table of books next to me. “Hello. Looking for a gift?” I uncomfortably asked.
“No, just looking around,” she replied.
“If you are looking for a good story, maybe you would be interested in reading my latest book.”
I sensed resistance, but something urged her on. “What’s it about?”
Half an hour later I was engrossed in conversation with this ‘stranger.’ (Coincidence?) Then, as though on cue, a man approached us at the table. “What’s your book about?” he asked.
My new friend smiled at me as though she could answer his question and tell him my story. He instantly joined our magical conversation and the three of us were deep in discussion about my book, about life, about anger, about fear, about love… (Coincidence?)
Eventually he picked up my book, gently placing it on top of another he picked up off the shelves earlier. Glancing in my direction with a smile, my new friend pointed to the book this man held in his hands. “Look familiar?” she queried.
“Oh my gosh!” I replied. “You must read my book!” I rejoiced.
In his hands he held onto Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now. The book that I end my story with. It was as though this was a dream; my book together with Eckart Tolle’s book! (Coincidence?)
Another 45 minutes pass us by when, yet, another ‘stranger’ approached our table. “I don’t mean to interrupt.” He commented.
“Come on in. We were waiting for you.” I enthusiastically replied.
“What is your book about?” He immediately asked.
My new friends’ faces lit up. They were ready to tell him about my story as though it was their own. “What led you to your anger?” He asked.
I paused for what felt like an eternity and tears began to flow. I did not know how to answer his question. The anger that I held fast to for far too long was gone. My life and my happiness was no longer a hostage of fear and anger. I was free.
Although we had different stories, different backgrounds and different journeys somehow the four of us came together as one on that day. We shared stories, shared our fears, shared our happiness and emotions flowed. (Coincidence?)
We shook hands, embraced and then went on our way. Our lives were transformed that day as four apparent ‘strangers’ became one, fitting perfectly together. (Coincidence!)
By the way, a strikingly similar scenario of four strangers becoming one manifested the Friday before at another book signing event. Perfectly aligned!
Love is my strength. Love is your strength.