“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
― Albert Einstein, The World as I See It
This week started with an amazing coincidence that sent chills down my spine. On Monday I posted a message to Meghan, Emily, and Sarah asking them to wear jewelry on Tuesday as a way to honor their granny who died on February 26th, 2010. I encouraged them to wear pearls, diamonds, necklaces, and rings because we all know how much Granny enjoyed her jewelry. Then on Tuesday, John received a call from the assisted living facility informing him they found a ring in their safe that belonged to his mother. The call came on the anniversary of her death, on the day I’d asked the girls to not only remember her, but to remember her by wearing jewelry. That call sent chills down my spine.
Well, it turns out the ring wasn’t actually hers. I’m sure they’re right that it was at one time in her possession, but she probably traded a piece of her jewelry for this ring or maybe just picked it up and wore it for awhile. Nevertheless, the coincidence of these events occurring can’t help but make you wonder how these things happen…and, they make for a great story.
Then yesterday on our drive to Palatka we heard an episode of the radio program, This American Life, called No Coincidence, No Story. What a coincidence!
Here’s an example of the type of stories included in the 60 minute episode:
About ten years ago, Jon Schmidt — who lives in Philadelphia — took a business trip to Boston, working out of his company’s new Boston office. One day, sitting at his desk, Jon noticed a piece of paper curling out from behind the vertical blinds.
“I got up and pulled the blinds closed and then flipped them to the reverse side,” says Jon. “There, cut into strips and pasted to the back of the blinds, was a very large photo of my identical twin.”
It turns out that years earlier, the company that Jon’s twin brother, Jeff, worked for had leased the same office space. As a prank, Jeff’s co-workers had planted his photo on the back of the vertical blinds, and no one had removed the picture when the company moved out. Jon was working in his twin brother’s same building, in the same office, at the same desk, with a life-sized picture of his brother on the back of the blinds.
You can read more coincidence stories at This American Life. Better yet, listen to the archive of the program at This American Life Archives. The stories of Esther’s dollar bill and the one about Stephen’s mother-in-law’s bombshell send that chill down your spine while the coins in the shower can only make you chuckle.
I love a good coincidence! Click the comment link if you’d like to share your own coincidence story.
“Coincidences mean you’re on the right path.”
― Simon Van Booy, Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories