1 (a): to occupy the same place in space or time; (b): to occupy exactly corresponding or equivalent positions on a scale or in a series
2 : to correspond in nature, character, or function
3 : to be in accord or agreement : concur



Coincide (v.): 1705, “be identical in substance or nature,” but from 1640s as a verb in English in Latin form, “occupy the same space, agree in position,” from Medieval Latin coincidere (used in astrology), literally “to fall upon together,” from Latin com-together” + incidereto fall upon” (in- “upon” + cadere “to fall;” related to: case).  From 1809 as “occur at the same time.”



“For existential mathematics, which does not exist, would probably propose this equation: the value of coincidence equals the degree of its improbability.”

Milan Kundera (b. 1929, Czech-born writer who went into exile in France in 1975, and became a naturalized French citizen in 1981; he considers himself a French writer; his best work is “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.”)

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Coincidences are spiritual puns.”

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936, one of the dominating figures of the London literary scene in the early twentieth century; he wrote on various topics in every genre, from journalism to plays, poetry to crime novels.)

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“Do you think the universe fights for souls to be together? Some things are too strange and strong to be coincidences.”

(writer and author)

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“Vengeance is not the point; change is. But the trouble is that in most people’s minds the thought of victory and the thought of punishing the enemy coincide.”

Barbara Deming (1917-1984, American feminist, lesbian, poet, writer, and nonviolent activist in the civil rights, anti-war and women’s movements)

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“One thing I've found... the road rarely rises up to meet you until you've begun walking.”

Michele Jennae (life coach)

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“We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding. Synchronicity works as a catalyst toward the working out of that destiny.”

David Richo (psychotherapist, teacher, workshop leader, and writer)

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“We know that attention acts as a lightning rod. Merely by concentrating on something one causes endless analogies to collect around it, even penetrate the boundaries of the subject itself: an experience that we call coincidence, serendipity – the terminology is extensive. My experience has been that in these circular travels what is really significant surrounds a central absence, an absence that, paradoxically, is the text being written or to be written.”

Julio Cortázar (1914-1984, Argentine novelist, short story writer and essayist who combined existential questioning with experimental writing techniques in his works)

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“We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding. Synchronicity works as a catalyst toward the working out of that destiny.”

— David Richo

Coincidence, serendipity, and synchronicity have always played major roles in my life, especially when I need them the most.

After having my second child and finishing a consultant position, I was in need of a new professional assignment.  After three months, the answer came through an unexpected telephone call from my previous organization asking me if I was interested in interviewing for a permanent position in an area I knew little about, prospect research in the fundraising and nonprofit industry.

Years later, when I was contemplating starting a new life and moving from New York City to Florida, I wasn’t sure what I could do to create another job opportunity.  I then received a call from a man named Bobby Jones while I was watching a movie on the famous golfer by the same name.

This Bobby Jones, recommended by a mutual friend, called to offer his help.  It was a huge aha moment, a cosmic message letting me know that I was on the right track and my proposed move was sanctioned and divinely guided.

Coincidences  are no longer surprises, because they are now a normal integral part of my life.  The answers always come when I ask The Universe for help and when I am patient and relaxed enough to perceive them.  My needs are always answered.

Stay alert and be on the lookout, my friends.  These coincidences are right in reach.

Much Love, Tonya








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