“It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for.”

I’m behind closed doors still. The sun was hanging around earlier but has now been replaced by clouds. I noticed a feeder was down and went to the deck. The red spawn of Satan had broken the top and was dining. I jet sprayed it and the creature jumped from branch to branch to get away but came back later. The feeder is inside with me while I try to figure how to keep the spawn from the seed. I wish the feeder could be electrified.

Serendipity is about the best word I know. Pure luck in discovering something you were not looking for has magic attached. An unseen hand has guided us to that one spot, that one place in time. I’m not talking spectacular discoveries here, just places or things that make us happy or give us joy. I’ve been lost on the road, decided to keep going and found the most interesting places to stop, places by-passed by my usual route. In cities I’m visiting, I just walk and am never disappointed. Did you ever hunt for something only to find something else, something you thought you’d lost forever? I found a box of old pictures, sat, went through each one of them and was lost in the memories of long ago friends. I was so intent on my treasures I forgot what in the heck I wanted in the first place.

Life’s choices are sometimes just filled with serendipity. I was in a quandary trying to decide what to do with myself after college. I chose Peace Corps for a sea of reasons, but, during those two years, I found out something I didn’t expect: I love to teach. I had found my passion. If I hadn’t chosen Peace Corps, I would have gone to law school and would have missed countless years of joy.

Once I found the perfect gift for a friend when I took refuge from the rain in the closest store. She loved the gift, and I found it because I wanted to stay dry.

I think that it is serendipity which opens our hearts to the joy of the unexpected and reminds us that though we may not always find what we seek, we might just find something better. 

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16 Comments on ““It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The weekend welcomes. Bob Dylan Live 1962-66 Rare Performances from the Copyright Collections has arrived and is spinning and Bob is singing.

    Now I am a self admitted Bobophile, so I should perhaps just say it’s crystal clear, and begins with acoustic versions that are just Bob and a guitar, before he went Judas. Have you heard all the songs before ? Yup, Would you feel differently if you heard this ? Probably not…but it’s wonderful and heartfelt and I immediately reflected that Bob has been in our psyche for over 55 years. I woof and make noises every time he challenges us. Bob and Bruce and Van and Lennie the soundtrack of our lives.

    It’s $13.98 at Amazon for a double disc. And I just don’t see how you say no.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have been Bobophile since the beginning. I bought all the albums and blasted them much to the chagrin of the entire household. I remember signing in the car to the greatest hits. I sang at the top of my voice and probably off-key, but it was a joy!!

      I will head right over to Amazon.

    • katry Says:

      PS. Bought with one click!!

      • Hedley Says:

        You won’t be disappointed. It’s super duper

      • katry Says:

        I trust your judgment!

      • katry Says:

        I’m listening now as I could download, Boot of Spanish Leather, a huge favorite of mine. I could almost cry at hearing this Dylan, the one I fell in love with!! Many Thanks!!!!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Did you play Chimes of Freedom yet ? Whole thing is worthwhile just for that. I would agree that Boots of Spanish Leather causes a lump in the throat.

        You can sense Bob and the guitar and the mic …and then he plugs in

      • katry Says:

        I’m listening to it now. That familiar voice, those familiar lyrics give me goose pimples.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat let me follow you down 😏
        I gotta get the 66 Tour out again…BOB !!!!

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I’m loving Bob!! This is the wayback Bob.

  2. Birgit Says:

    It’s a beautiful warm quiet night and I’m just sitting outside and watch the stars (without annoying light pollution here) and the lunar eclipse (blood moon)…

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I am still sitting in the air conditioning. The air is just so thick with humidity. It will last until Monday but then will return. It may rain tomorrow and Sunday and it may not. That’s one heck of a forecast.

      Alas, no eclipse here.

  3. Bob Says:

    This morning there were clouds. Not your puffy cumulus ones but mid level sheets of gray. It was humid but cooler at 6:30 AM only 77 degrees. When I got home there were sprinkles of rain drops. Rain is a rare event the last week of July. I forgot how hard it is to sit in class for over 7 hours with an hour break for lunch.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Wow, that’s a cold front for you!! I’m hoping for rain but it seems bleak for a few days.

      I don’t know if I could sit still that long.

  4. olof1 Says:

    I missed the eclipse, we hadn’t had a cloud the entire day but just as the moon was supposed to rise they arrived 🙂 🙂 We also had our first tropical night here, the first one since I moved here 18 years ago. I haven’t missed them 🙂

    I often take smaller roads than big ones when driving somewhere and it has led me to rather nice places. I also have a tendency to get lost and that has led me to even more nice places 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We couldn’t see it from here, but like with you, it was cloudy so I would have missed it anyway.

      Our nights are quite warm which is usual for summer. I just hate the humidity.

      The cape has great backroads. I love driving anywhere on them. The main roads are all the tourists know. Try taking just rights or lefts. That’s fun.

      Have a great day!


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