Monday, February 13, 2012

GBE2 - Do-Over

"Do-Over" is this week's prompt at GBE2.

"Do-Over"? Oh no another one of those brain-numbing topics. And then suddenly the thoughts started flowing. It's the most perfect prompt ... of course I use a lot of poetic license on the words "Do-Over" but as there are no rules I can pretty much interpret this anyway I want.

I had so wanted to do the prompts for "Accidents" and "Serendipity" - long gone topics at  The Writers Post and Blogging For Fun, but the "Do-Over" now gives me a chance to write my post on these topics. A kind of "Do-Over".

So onto Serendipity and Accident ....

Serendipity means a "Happy Accident" or "making a fortunate discovery by Accident" or "an Accident that leads to a fortunate event".

I love the word Serendipity - something very appealing about it. I also think Serendipity and Synchrodestiny (a term coined by Deepak Chopra meaning "coincidences that have a purpose") are related.

There are innumerable moments in our life that we disregard as coincidence, chance or accidents.  Yet, these may be the very moments that line up an amazing future or are messages for us to heed or just moments that lead to great joy.

One such moment occurred in late 1999 or early 2000 - I forget exactly when. I was surfing the Internet and searching for something (again I forget what) when I accidentally came across a website that registered educational institutions and ex-students.

Curiosity prevailed, so I registered and accessed my class page. And here I found a dear friend I had not met or even been in touch with since the school days - 25 years ago.

I finally emailed him after a few days of procrastinating and have never regretted that fateful email. We met at the class re-union a few months later - an event I never would've have known about had I not emailed him. Not only that, a great friendship was re-kindled not just with him but with so many other classmates. I am so glad I was surfing that day.

And that Serendipitous encounter led to another "Do-Over" ...

December of 2010, 2 lovely friends (including my friend I found accidentally while surfing) and I went off to visit our school again. What a thrill going back to school and especially to our Standard 9 (Grade 9) classroom - the last time the 3 of us were together. Std 9 also holds some amazing memories and I think was my best year in school. Here's a picture of our Std 9 classroom as it stands today - back to front and the blackboard replaced by a whiteboard were about the only changes we could see.



Some years ago the school had a "Do-Over" as well.  And while they were renovating the school, they found this little hidden Chapel.  Unfortunately the door was locked so couldn't go inside. But how awesome to find this in the "Do-Over".

Not all "Do-Overs" are successful or turn out the way you intend them to. Here's one - additions and changes to the newer wing of the school. I didn't like that - it closed up the quadrangle. It was so much brighter and airier in our days. And the classrooms as we knew them are all gone and replaced. The memories remain but the physical evidence of those days are now gone.



There are of course no accidents in life - we are all connected - and all events in our life are inter-linked though they may look separate and unrelated. The serendipitous moments in life are events that are part of our synchronised destiny (Synchrodestiny).

I love Serendipity and I loved the movie too. So enjoy a scene from it.


Serendipity - Youtube


Wishing you all many Serendipitous moments, "Accidents" that put a smile on your face.

Thanks GBE2 for the opportunity to "Do-Over" these topics.

Warm Regards
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28 comments:

  1. This blog put a smile on my face!! What great memories!! Glad you got the unction to get on that site and meet up with old-turned-new friends!! Life is like that sometimes. We just have to know to listen to that little voice and we'll experience serendipity more often!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks Latisha - glad you enjoyed my post. And so often that little voice goes unnoticed. thanks for visiting.

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  2. The world is such a small place and I love those moments of serendipity. Glad you got your do-over.

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    1. Thanks Kelly. I truly enjoyed this Do-Over.

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  3. Lovely post. I always get a kick out serendipity. Wow, how cool to unearth a chapel. I wonder how old it is?

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    1. The school was opened in 1860 so it's at least 150 years old.

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  4. How fun to go back in time with others from your past. Nice post.

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    1. Thanks. It's great to reminisce and some moments gladden my heart. It truly was fun.

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  5. I'm glad you got your do over. Great post!

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  6. Now that sounds like a great visit! The old school with the old school palerinos. fun. fun. fun.
    Nice story and thanks for letting us come along.

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    1. Thanks Jo. It was awesome and I'm looking forward to doing it again on my next visit.

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  7. Great story of a do over! Loved it!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Kathy. loved your post too.

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  8. It's really no accident that this put a smile on my face.

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  9. This is a really cool way to do over the other posts--and what a great story about reconnecting and visiting your school! Thanks for sharing :) Jenn

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    1. that comment below was meant to be a reply not comment - apologies.

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  10. Thanks Jenn - I so wanted to do those posts - a wish from the Universe granted.

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  11. That was a lovely, original take on the prompts. Loved seeing and reading about your school. Mine has changed greatly on the outside, and not for the better (ruined a beautiful Victorian building) but like you, the memories are still there and remain unchanged and sweet Lo)

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    1. Thanks Mojo Writin'. I loved that journey back to school. Memories are so precious. Thanks for visiting.

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  12. Wonderful do over. Fortunately facebook has allowed me to find all but one childhood friend. I hope I have a Happy Accident and find her.

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  13. Thanks for dropping by Kenya. I hope you have that Happy Accident and find your friend. I've found a lot of long lost friends through via facebook.

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  14. That's an interesting thought. I don't know if I agree with no accidents in life. I think sometimes things just happen. I love the movie "Serendipity!"

    Joyce
    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Joyce. I think things don't just happen - there's a reason for everything, hence my "there are no accidents in life". But it's always great to read someone else's perspective. I'll ponder on yours awhile.

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