Creating Your Serendipity


ser·en·dip·i·ty [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee] 

noun an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

Coined in 1974 in a letter by Horace Walpole, serendipity was formed by the Persian fairy tale "The Three Princes of Serendip."  The princes were sent out into the world as ordinary men in order to learn how to one day be wise kings.  They soon ran into a camel driver that asked: "have you seen one of my camels?" Although they had not, they replied "is the camel blind, missing a tooth and is lame?" Assuming the men had seen the camel, the driver thanked the men and hurried down the path.  Empty handed, he returned to the princess and they continued to describe additional attributes of the camel. At this point, the driver assumed they had stolen the camel and had them imprisoned. Once the camel was found, the princes were released and brought forth before the Emperor of the region. The Emperor was curious as to how the boys knew so much about the camel without ever having seen it? They began describing their observations: 

The grass had been eaten on one side of the road, where is was less verdant. They concluded the camel must be blind on the other side. Due to lumps of chewed grass left on the road presumably they had fallen out through a gap left by a missing tooth. The tracks showed three hoofs while the fourth was dragged, determining that the animal must have been lame. The Emperor was so impressed that he made the boys his advisers and bestowed them with riches.

Creating your serendipity is a stand for you to create your "happy accidents, or pleasant surprises" every day of your life. We can 'make your own serendipity'  every second of every minute if we take a more relaxed approach to life. Listen to your intuition, create self - filling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms all experiences into opportunity. 

Here's to creating your serendipity in a powerful way! 


Photo by Alessio Lin