Monday, March 25, 2013

SERENDIPITY: Today Your Day?

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YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
RISK TAKING, TRUST AND SERENDIPITY ARE KEY INGREDIENTS OF JOY,
WITHOUT TRUST FEAR CREEPS IN,
WITHOUT SERENDIPITY THERE ARE NO SURPRISES - Rita Gelman

SERENDIPITY IS LOOKING FOR A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK
AND FINDING A FARMER'S DAUGHTER - Julius Comroe, Jr.


SHALLOW MEN BELIEVE IN LUCK OR IN CIRCUMSTANCES.
STRONG MEN BELIEVE IN CAUSE AND EFFECT - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adventure Cycling mentioned "Serendipity" in their current newsletter.  It is a word I have always liked.  The word means "the gift of being able to make delightful discoveries by pure accident".  I thought that would make a good blog and started to list my serendipitous experiences.  I came up with a whole sheet of such moments in a couple minutes.  I have been so blessed.

 I thought about being the 7th tallest man in my company when I went to Navy boot camp.  The tallest man was made Recruit Company Commander, the next 6 tallest were made Recruit Petty Officers.  My 6' 2" made me the 7th tallest man,  I was Squad Leader of the 6th Squad, 2nd Platoon, in charge of 16 men.  Serendipity!

LAUNDRY DAY
That little "Crow with a single chevron" meant I didn't have to do a lot of miserable work the sixteen men in my squad had to undergo.  I didn't do any kitchen duty, stand watch over garbage cans or even undergo fire fighting.   I still have that little arm patch.  Serendipity!  Uh, Yes!  We all did our own laundry and "tied" it to the clothes line with a square knot with no bitter ends.  It was the Navy and it was boot camp!  GO NAVY!

ONE ASPECT OF SERENDIPITY IS YOU MUST BE LOOKING
FOR SOMETHING IN ORDER TO FIND IT - Lawrence Block


I recalled my first trip to Japan aboard the USS Yuma ATF94.  In Sasebo, across the strait from Korea, we had just  entered the Korean War. As ship's radioman, I couldn't go ashore the first night.  The guys coming back from liberty told huge whoppers about there being dozen's of the  most beautiful women in the world waiting at the gate, all shouting, "Joe, take me".


  When I went ashore the next night it was just as they had said.  The money exchange was 360 yen to the dollar and regardless of what you bought, you couldn't spend more than three dollars.  Truly, a serendipitous moment!

Thankfully, things have gotten much better now-a-days for 
my Japanese friends  who have read 64 of my blogs so far this month.
(Doumo arigatou gozimasu)

YOU CAN'T FEEL WARMTH UNLESS YOU CREATE IT, YOU CAN'T FEEL 
DELIGHT UNLESS YOU PLAY, CAN'T KNOW SERENDIPITY UNLESS YOU RISK
Joan Erikson

Six years ago I had gone down to southern Ohio to pick up something my nephew, Jim, had purchased for me.  In a pen, at his house was a beautiful, black Giant Schnauzer.  My great Airedale, Jake, had just died and I told Jim that I had decided to get a Giant Schnauzer, a more aggressive guard dog.  Jim said "Take that one, I'll give him to you".  He had paid $800 for him as a pup.  I brought him home, obedience trained him, renamed him Gunner and he is just the best guard dog.  Serendipity!

IN HIS HEART MAN PLANS HIS COURSE, BUT THE LORD DETERMINES HIS STEPS
Proverbs 16:9

AN ODAY MARINER UNDER SAIL 
I had appointments at the same time in two different places.  In a hurry to get to the second appointment, a birthday party, I took an unfamiliar shortcut.  On the shortcut I saw what I thought was the most beautiful little sailboat for sale.  Boat, motor, sails and trailer for $1,500.  Two  bunks and a porta-potty in a snug cabin, I fell in love with her instantly.  Serendipity!

  I've upgraded to a tandem wheel trailer with surge brakes and have plans to replace the little 3HP motor with a 4 cycle, 8HP motor with a generator.  I  love my s/v Christy Anne and plan to sail her on the Ohio River several weeks this year..

YOU CAN SPEND THE MONEY BUT YOU CAN'T SPEND THE MEMORIES
Ken Venturn

The kitchen in our, now 109-year-old, rental property my wife and I had decided to move into ourselves, had a drop ceiling.  My oldest son, Mark, and his wife, Mary Kay, had asked if I'd come to Mansfield to look at some homes they were considering buying.  Of course, I did, and saw a kitchen in a model home with the most beautifully beamed kitchen.  I came home, removed the dropped ceiling and built the same beams in my kitchen.  Everyone comments on their beauty.  Serendipity!

Fishing over the years in Knox Lake in central Ohio, I got to the lake just as the corner lake front lot went up for sale.  I  bought it and made it into a family retreat.  Serendipity.  Traveling to the American Revolutionary War battle sites one summer, my wife and I discovered the world's best lobster shack at the Port Elizabeth Light House in Maine.  Serendipity!  Writing this blog, I made the acquaintances of  a dear cousin, Cheryl, and authors Marie Sutton and Myrna Rae.  Serendipity

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE LOOKING FOR SERENDIPTY
YOU DO HAVE TO BE LOOKING
Walt Pierce 

Mrs. Sutton  was a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp.   Her book, "The Night Sky:  A Journey From Dachau to Denver and Back"  was so interesting.  She came to this country as a child, had absolutely nothing, didn't speak the language and lived in a shack in the Colorado mountains.  She obtained a good education and had an important U. S. Government position.  We have exchanged emails.    I have visited the  Dachau Concentration Camp.  Serendipity!







GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S

GOD BLESS THE USA

1 comment:

Phatmom said...

I was getting nervous for a couple of minutes thinking you were going to leave me out of this blog entry! Thanks for mentioning me as a "serendipity." I also think of it as a "God wink." He knew you and I would hit it off great, and He was right!