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  • Liz Sterling


Journalist and New York Times Op-Ed columnist, Nicholas Kristof, wrote on Sunday: “Whenever I visit a university, students ask for Big Advice. I protest that I don’t have great secrets for life and that my own path has been serendipitous, but they suspect me of holding out.”

His advice was great: 1) Take a class in economics and in statistics. 2) Connect to a cause larger than yourself. 3) Make out. (so you meet the best partner who will be there throughout your life) 4) Escape your comfort zone.

What really caught my attention was this reference,” ….I don’t have great secrets for life and that my own path has been serendipitous….”

If you know me, it was the word serendipitous that was my serendipity. “Yes, “I said out loud, “The best things happen unexpectedly.

Horace Walpole, a British writer, coined the word “Serendipity” on January 28, 1754. He wrote, “Serendipity somehow sounds like its definition: languid at first, with a delicious, mischievous, unexpected burst at the tail end of it. …”

Luck and serendipity are very different. Luck is good fortune. Serendipity is finding something wonderful that you didn't know you were looking for. Have you had serendipity in your life?

A number of years ago, I interviewed Dr. Phil. I share great insights in my book, Behind The Scenes, Celebrity Interviews and Inspiring Life Lessons Shameless promo: A Great Gift for the Holidays Click Here to Buy

He believes wholeheartedly that throughout the course of our lives we will have:

Ten Defining Moments, Seven Critical Choices, and Five Pivotal People.

Just think about that for minute --- and you may very well see that serendipity does indeed burst into our lives with its full glory!

Serendipity comes to us when we least expect it. It brings the gift of a soulful smile, an internal nod and inspires us to say, “Yes, I am blessed.”

Celebrate each serendipitous event that you meet this holiday season and then go ahead and share your joy and cheer with others.

Women's Wisdom Circle

Wednesday, December 11th 10:30 AM - 12 Noon

This week's topic: Serendipitous Events

Levis JCC Sandler Center, Boca Raton

Membership is not required. $13 payable at the door.

21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428


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