Serendipity, Coincidence or Something Bigger?

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  • How many times do things show up in your life that you write off to coincidence or serendipity? How often are you pleasantly surprised at things just fall into place perfectly?

    We are very powerful beings with the capabilities of creating what we choose in our lives. Yet many times, we don’t believe in this power, don’t believe that we had anything to do with the “perfect timing” of a situation and don’t use it to our advantage.  Instead, why not harness this energy and put it to work for you?

    A recent example of serendipity in my life was when my husband surprised me with tickets to see a gifted musician, Jake Shimabukuro. It was an amazing night of pure inspiration. Jake was truly incredible and also allowed who he is to shine through to his audience through his stories. I was inspired and mentioned to my husband that I’d like to feature Jake as a Luminary on We agreed that we would talk with Jake after the performance.

    The concert seemed too short for I could have listened for hours! When the concert ended Jake was swarmed by a mass of hundreds of adoring fans. Not wanting to wade through the crowd to get five minutes with him, I looked at my husband and told him that we’ll find an easier way to make this happen. He smiled at me, and knowing from past experience how things just show up in our life, we agreed that we’d just attract this to us.  We didn’t want to impose on Jake when he was tired, or wait for an hour when we were tired too. We went home, knowing that we’d find an easy way to contact Jake- and soon.

    The next morning my husband was flying out of Denver International Airport.  While waiting in the gate area, he heard someone behind him playing Jake’s music on their mandolin or ukelele. He realized this person sounded as good as Jake himself! He spun around to discover the source, (you guessed it, didn’t you!) Jake Shimabukuro was seated directly behind him, strumming his ukulele. My husband laughed and as he proceeded to share the story with Jake, he too was pleased and inspired by the serendipity of the situation.

    It’s so magical when we can trust that the right opportunity will show up, the right person will walk across our path, or the right circumstance will present itself to us- because it always happens when we believe it will!

    Rather than chasing Jake or going crazy trying to find a way to make this happen, we made a conscious choice to allow it to be easy. We believe that life is meant to be easy and the things that we need are always there for us, if we’re paying attention. And in that belief, magic can show up!

    We laughed at what some might call serendipity, but we knew better.

    It is magic and it is there for each and every one of us- if only we can believe it.
    What is it in your life that you’re chasing? Wouldn’t you like it to be easier? What if you relaxed into knowing that the perfect solution would present itself to you without you having to go crazy to make it happen?  Would that relieve some pressure and stress in your life? What do you have to lose other than the stress? You’ll attract what you think about, so make every thought count.

    Be consciously aware of what you’re thinking, or in other words, creating. See what you want as already done, just as we saw meeting Jake as an easy thing- before it happened. We didn’t know how it would happen, but as you can see, knowing how doesn’t matter. All we knew is that it would happen, and it did. All you need to know is that it will happen, and it will show up in your life too. The magic is waiting for you.

    May there be magic in your life today, and

    may you be paying attention when it shows up!


    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of, bringing the best inspiration to the world. provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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    1. Elaine
      Elaine says:

      Lovely story, Gail! Thanks for reminding us of just how effortless and fun life is supposed to be.

      Imagine that life is a big party and each person brings something different to share and experience. Deciding that you will enjoy the experience regardless of what others bring to the party makes all the difference. The collaboration is powerful when you allow each person to provide their own unique value and perspective. It ensures that you have a grand time and inspires those around you to have a grand time too.

      Thanks for getting this party started!

    2. Rose Dombrow
      Rose Dombrow says:

      I like what you said. We have the power to create our lives, so it starts with knowing what you want and then taking appropriate actions, being present and miracles can show up. I relate this to courses I took at Landmark Education, especially the Wisdom Course which is all about fun, ease and play. Thanks for reminding me of this. I needed to hear it.

    3. Tia Singh aka @TiaSparkles
      Tia Singh aka @TiaSparkles says:

      “””It’s so magical when we can trust that the right opportunity will show up, the right person will walk across our path, or the right circumstance will present itself to us- because it always happens when we believe it will!””

      That gave me goosebumps! I’ve seen it happen in my life and to read more stories about it just makes me so excited and even more trusting. Thank you for sharing! xx Tia


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