Serendipity or Destiny?…

Earlier this week I posted an article that posed the question “How’s your romantic intuition?” In it, the author suggests that your romantic intuition is developed through life experiences. Maybe, but how do those experiences become part of our lives? Is it possible that these experiences were predetermined before we were born? A concept I explore in my book “A Wild Rose in Spring” (Book two of The Celtic Rose Trilogy, available fall 2014).

What is fate or destiny? Although fate and destiny are used interchangeably, they have different meanings. Fate is a predetermined order of events (A concept based on the belief that there is a natural order to the universe). Destiny is the finality of those events.

In Mythology, it is believed that there are three goddesses that dispense fate Moirai (of Greek Mythology), Parcae (of Roman Mythology), and Norns (of Norse Mythology). Each one determines fate through the mystic spinning of threads; those threads represent our individual fates. The Chinese believe that this thread of fate connects us to the one we are destined to meet, and even though the thread may stretch or tangle it will never break.

Do you remember the movie “Serendipity” with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale? (By the way, Serendipity is a great “chick flick” if you’re looking for a movie to watch this weekend). John and Kate’s characters meet, sparking an immediate attraction with one another. However, they are each involved with someone else (there’s the rub). Kate’s character wants fate to runs its course believing that if they are meant to be together they will find their way back to one another. So….he writes his phone number on a five dollar bill; she writes her number inside the cover of a book. Keeping the audience on the edge of their seats, they run around for two hours wondering if they will ever meet again. Long story short fate brings the two back together—serendipity or destiny?

Call it what you will; romantic intuition, serendipity, fate or destiny. I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason; whether it is to better us a person, or lead us to the one we are meant to be with.

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone we find it with another.”     —Thomas Merton

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