A column of synchronicity

This column came to be, accidentally.
Or a better word is by synchronicity: a coincidence of events that seem related but are not obviously caused one by the other.
Psychologist Carl Jung, who coined the word, once said, “Synchronicity is an ever-present reality for those who have eyes to see.”
How many times have you accidentally met a person you really wanted to talk to? And how many times has your pastor preached a sermon just for you, as my pastor did last Sunday?
That’s synchronicity!
This all began last Saturday when I was writing a column about a book entitled “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin.
I was excited about the column and wanted to read more from the e-book I had bought earlier. Because I knew a search for the word “happiness” on my computer would overwhelm me, I searched for the word “project.”
When I found the book, it just happened to open to page 30 so I began reading. I was hooked and kept reading page after page.
Much later, I realized this was the wrong book.
This title was “60-Second Self-Starter: Sixty solid techniques to get motivated, get organized, and get going in the workplace” by Jeff Davidson.
But there was no going back.
In the section that I opened by synchronicity, Davidson writes about using time well–controlling time if you will.
He quoted 17th-century writer Jean de la Bruyere, “Those who make the worst use of time are the first to complain of its brevity.”
As a result, I was preoccupied by “time” in church Sunday morning.
And then another synchronicity happened. Our pastor, Heidi Regier Kreider, talked about time in her thoughtful Advent sermon.
“We speak of time as something that can be saved, spent, invested, shared, gained, lost, or wasted. Most of the time, of course, we don’t seem to have enough time!
“Our Advent theme this year–‘watchful waiting’—calls us to reorient our attitude toward time,” continued Pastor Heidi. “Like an alarm going off, today’s scripture readings jolt us out of our numb pursuit of efficiency and productivity, our relentless schedules, or empty routines.”
Waiting during Advent reminds us that we are not in control of time.
“We don’t know when end of life as we know it will come. And we must come to terms that ultimately time is in God’s hands–not ours.”
And then Pastor Heidi referenced author Doris Janzen Longacre, who died at the young age of 39.
In a journal entry six days before her death, Doris wrote, “I so much want to complete this book, one of the creative works of my life.
“But weighed in the balance against more time with Paul, Cara, and Marta, the book is like a dry dandelion ready to blow. I shouldn’t have to make such choices.”
It reminded me of the last suggestion in the book I happened onto Saturday–“Ignore Your Age.”
“Whether you’re 20 or 60 years old, or somewhere in between, anytime is a good time to get started on what you seek to accomplish.”
Davidson suggests that you finish this statement: “I have now come to the end of my life and I’m disappointment that I didn’t _______.”
Whatever came up is probably something you should do right now!
Marie Snider is an award-winning health care writer and syndicated columnist. Write her at thisside60@aol.com or visit www.visit-snider.com

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