The following are stories of amazing coincidences:
Mrs. Willard Lovell locked herself out of her house. She spent 10 minutes trying to find a way in when the postman arrived with her mail. Within the various pieces of mail was a letter from her brother who had recently stayed with her for a while. Inside the envelope was a key to her home he had mistakenly taken back with him to his home in Washington.
Two sisters who had grown apart. One lived in Florida, the other in Ohio. After having not seen each other for several years, one sister decided to drive to Florida to see her sister. At the same time, the sister in Florida decided to drive to Ohio to see her sister. Neither told the other of their plans. At about the halfway point, a head-on collision took the lives of both sisters. The head-on collision was one sister running into the other.
Then there were the twin brothers who were separated at birth and adopted by different families. After 39 years apart, they were reunited. In discussing each other’s lives, brother James discovered that his brother, James, had married a lady named Linda, just like he had. Each also had a son named John Alan. Both brothers divorced. Both of their second wives were named Betty. Both had been in law enforcement. And both had dogs named Toy.
There was also Bill Bryson who, before became a best-selling author, worked as a freelance journalist. He was once commissioned by a magazine to write an article on remarkable coincidences. He found quite a few examples, but not enough to fill a magazine article. So he wrote a letter to the magazine to tell them he wouldn’t be able to write the article. He sat the letter aside for mailing the next day. At the Times building the next day, he saw an ad for a sale of books that had been sent in for review. One of the books for sale was titled, “Remarkable True Coincidences”. He grabbed the book and opened it to a story about a man named Bryson.
And what about 10-year-old Laura Buxton, who released a balloon with a message in it from her back yard. It floated 140 miles and landed in the back yard of another little girl, one Laura Buxton, age 10.
Finally, a British cavalry officer was fighting in World War I, when he was knocked off his horse by lightening and temporarily paralyzed from the waist down. Six years later, while living in Vancouver, BC, he was struck by lightening again while fishing, paralyzing his right side. Two years later, therapy had allowed him again to walk. While walking in the park he was again struck by lightening. This time it permanently paralyzed him. Two years later he died. But that is not the end of the story. Four years after burial, his tomb was destroyed by lightening.
All of these stories are true accounts of coincidences found in the book “Beyond Coincidence,” by Martin Plimmer and Brian King, and according to them, coincidences happen much more often then most realize. Do these examples of synchronicity point to a collective consciousness? Or perhaps Karma? Regardless of whether one believes they do or not, they sure are fun to read about.
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Scott Knutson is the author of “Thursdays With Death: How the Angel of Death Taught a Man About Spiritual Life, the Truth About Death, and the Importance of Krispy Kreme(R) Doughnuts”