This past week as I was looking through the latest posts in the blog-o-sphere, I came across this interesting quote on J. Ricci’s blog, Space To Think Outloud In Silence:

Synchronicity is the Universe saying, “you are getting warmer”.
~Michelle Risi~

In my mind I think, “synchronicity, that’s an interesting word?” Anybody who has lurked around my blog knows I enjoy a good word study. Being a gear-head, the word synchronicity connected to synchronize which brought to mind a manual transmission and synchronized gears. For those who I have just lost, manual transmissions use to have straight cut gears which are noisy and required a “double-clutch” to change gears (if you are still lost, you most likely have never driven a manual transmission vehicle…for that I am sorry). The straight cut gears also have a high load capacity, but as with everything in life, there are trade-offs. Helical cut and synchronized gears allow for a smoother shift, a single-clutch, as well as less noise. If you offer me two cars, one with the most advance automatic transmission with paddle shifters or a manual transmission, the manual is what I will choose any day. Driving is better with a manual transmission.

Back to synchronicity…not found in my favorite dictionary. Thankfully there is the interweb. Synchronicity is a word that was created by Swiss psychologist Carl Gustave Jung to describe his thoughts on how life’s events are connected.

Life is not a series of random events but rather an expression of a deeper order. A person is both embedded in an orderly framework and is the focus of that orderly framework and that the realization of this is more than just an intellectual exercise, but also has elements of a spiritual awakening. From the religious perspective, synchronicity shares similar characteristics of an “intervention of grace”.  Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, where they are unlikely to be causally related. The subject sees it as a meaningful coincidence.
~Carl Gustav Jung~

Now that I have a better understanding of synchronicity, and from whence it came, I can look at my life, the road I have traveled and can see that something other than myself was directing where I would end up. I have seen how many things are connected it ways that are difficult to explain. Unless you are of the school of everything happens by chance, which would include the universe, then you will most likely have a difficult time understanding my experience. Looking back, I see that more than one event in my life lead to a new experience that molded me into who I am today.

And there is no one who calls on Your name,
Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;
For You have hidden Your face from us,
And have consumed us because of our iniquities.
But now, O Lord
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.
Do not be furious, O Lord
Nor remember iniquity forever;
Indeed, please look—we all are Your people!
~Isaiah 64:7-9~

I have come to believe that every experience in life has a meaning and does not just happen by chance. There is a lesson to learn through every difficult situation. Happiness and joy can be experienced even when we find ourselves overwhelmed. All we have to do is to step out of the box we have placed ourselves in and be in the moment. Take time to breath and remember that life is a journey. We are all being molded into what God wants us to be.