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Synchronicity as Mentor

Flowers During a Sunday WalkBaltimore Woodberry Neighborhood, April 21, 2019.

I’ve been thinking how I got back into piano after 40 years of not playing.

I attribute it to synchronicity.

I was getting lunch at the cafeteria at my day job, and I bumped into a coworker as I was waiting in line to pay.

“Do you want to have lunch together?”

I said, “sure, let’s do it.”

This was very unusual. I normally eat lunch at my desk.

We talked about what we were up to at work and then moved on to other topics.

My coworker mentioned that she usually gets home late from work but makes sure to unwind by playing the piano.

I then thought, “I could do that. I could take up piano again.”

Synchronicity As Mentor

I’m a big fan of synchronicity as evidenced by these 2016 journal entries: Example of Synchronicity and Archetype of Wholeness. I love it when synchronicity happens. It’s life suggesting a future path that you didn’t consider.

It’s like having a mentor.

If you’re not lucky enough to have a mentor (I never did), well synchronicity could be a mentor. Of course, it is still up to you to act on the advice or not.

Going Back to Piano Playing

So I acted on that advice. I bought a piano.

Now, I intersperse my art studio time with piano. I’m enjoying it, 1.5 months in. It was a good decision. It’s tough though. I’m starting from the beginning. I completed my first simple piece: Minuet in A Minor by Henry Purcell.

I’ve decided to document my piano progress in this journal. When I look backwards many years from now, I want to be able to see how this adventure affected my art, which apparently now includes music.

I started playing the piano again after a 40-year absence. And it’s all because of that coincidence in the cafeteria.

What about you? Have there been coincidences, synchronicity moments, or accidents that suggested some future path?


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