It's all about timing
Many years ago I read a book which very much moved me. Whether you believe the underlying dogma or not, is inconsequential when the concept itself feels right - or at least, you wish it to be right.
The book I read was "Conversations with God", which does require either a leap of faith, or a suspension of commonly accepted reality. The author purports to be having a conversation with God, and God responds in writing "through" him. But, putting all this to one side, I enjoyed the book immensely, since it seemed to offer me some interesting alternatives to prosaic wisdom. The one thing that has stayed with me since reading the book, is the treatment in his work on "coincidences".
Have you been thinking about someone and then they ring out of the blue? Has a book seemed to say something to you just when you needed to hear it? Has a song played on the radio that just seemed to encapsulate everything you were thinking and feeling at that point? The assertion in the aforementioned book, is that these are not mere coincidences. "God" sends us what we need when we are most receptive. That song on the radio may seem particularly well-timed, but it was there when you needed to hear it to help convey a message to you. You picked up that book, and read that sentence, just when it was the right time.
OK, granted - this can sound all a little perversely trite and full of faux religious symbolism. But time and time again, it happens to me, and I am sure to all of us.
Last night, feeling overwrought by yet another disappointing week in the world of what claims to be "love-life", I bemoaned the futility of my existence. I contemplated an "It's a wonderful life" moment. Would anyone miss me if I was never here? Would the world be any different without my existence? So, as I sank into my personally dug little hole of self-pity, my phone rang. A girlfriend of mine, to whom I speak rarely due to a misfortune of geography and expensive phone bills, rang just to say she "was thinking of me". Incredibly "coincidental", but very much appreciated, and exactly what I needed.
So, believe or not, thank goodness for coincidences.