“Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of the one who made you. You are becoming more and more like him.” Colossians 3:10
Serendipity. It’s not a word we come across often, but when we do, we want to look it up, to see what it means. Serendipity is defined as an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. It's what we call good fortune or luck. This word was first coined by the English author Horace Walpole in 1754 and he explained that the root of his new word was taken from ‘The Three Princes of Serendip,’ a Persian fairytale about princes who "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of."
So when we are on a journey and discover something unexpected that is serendipity.
While most of us would be happy just reading about this term and then moving on, Madeleine Kay went on to create a Serendipity Day which is celebrated on August 18th.
Kay defines serendipity as “the willingness to live your life as though everything is a miracle….with the belief at any moment, something wonderful is about to happen.” The purpose of the day is to give people an opportunity to live serendipitously, to be open to the endless possibilities that life has to offer and embrace them.
So how do we celebrate this day?
Kay says on Serendipity Day we have the freedom to
- Step outside the box. Today step outside your comfort zone and trust that you will be fine regardless of the journey.
- Step away from routine. Most of us do the same thing every day. 9 – 5 job, school, kids, dinner, household chores, the list is endless, but monotonous. On August 18th change it up a bit. Do something different to feel alive.
- Embrace and trust the unknown. We all plan for our future, have our goals and our to-do lists. But, the universal truth is change is the only constant. So rather than holding on to our rigid plans let’s start by taking baby steps of faith. Let us have the courage to know that nothing happens by accident, and that everything is part of a grand plan that we need to trust.
- Be completely immersed in the now. The present moment is the only one we have. We need to be fully here in the now to pay attention to where life wants to lead us.
- Help someone out anonymously. We are here to serve each other and it is through service that we find ourselves at peace.
- Taking a step towards making our dream a reality. Many of us have put our dreams on hold. On Serendipity Day we are encouraged to birth them, to see where they lead.
Life serendipitously today and have faith in all that the universe will offer to you.