Collisions and Mortadella

By jeffreyw ( [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Here’s another precious little gem about synchronicity and trusting your gut. Yesterday I am driving up to Willow Grove to run errands. This all started because on Wednesday I order mortadella at the deli counter at my local supermarket. Mortadella is bologna on steroids, a rich garlicky meat studded with pistachios. I first tried it in Italy and have been enamored with it ever since.

The deli guy says ” We don’t sell it anymore , we end up throwing it away.” I reply ” I came here just for the mortadella.” An elderly lady loudly declares ” You must go to Sam’s Italian Market.” She said it’s somewhere in Willow Grove. Later while shopping she finds me again and tells me to watch my purse in the shopping cart! I thanked her and I knew from previous experience to listen to “strangers” offering sage advice.

So I google Sam’s Italian Market and discover it is near Barnes and Noble. ( Regular readers know about me and bookstores!!) So I am deciding how to best arrange my errands. I have several places to go and I want to be mindful of the mileage and the impending snowfall. I am really aware of the traffic delays while on the road. I have noticed this the past few days: it may be due to Saturn stationing ( Saturn which often represents delays and time itself, is preparing to go into retrograde mode and slowing down to a temporary but powerful halt, which is called a station.)

So I am beginning to get a bit anxious about completing my errands as quickly as possible. I am really struggling about whether to go to the bookstore first or the market. And on top of it all, I have to use the bathroom. Eventually I conclude that I will go to the bookstore. Finding a parking space is really contentious, seems to be the theme of this week for me. So I head into Barnes and Noble and see a woman coming out of the doorway. I remember what Marianne Williamson, author, activist, and teacher of The Course In Miracles says, ( paraphrase) ” Wherever you go, wherever you are, blast the place and people with love!” So I immediately made eye contact and smiled at this woman. She beamed a big smile back and approached me. ” Don’t I know you?” She is a former co-worker who was thought to have left the country permanently to return back to South Africa. We embraced , spoke briefly, and wished each other well. I thought to myself ” What is it with me and Barnes and Noble lately??”

I tell this tale because it reinforces that everything does happen for a reason and timing IS everything. I listened to the old lady at the counter. I listened to my intuition about going to the bookstore first, despite the fact that I was driving a bit out-of-the-way on my route. What matters is that the woman was leaving Barnes and Nobles and if I had found a parking spot quickly or more conveniently located, I probably would have missed this encounter. I am beginning to find that there is even more to consider than the beauty of these ” chance” encounters. My sense is that they come into your life to jar you into remembering who you really are. We are all interconnected. I have had this happen to me hundreds of times but I am sharing these tales because it is important to be awake!


Please share your stories of synchronicity with me! I am close to 400 views. This is beyond awesome. Let me take this moment to thank all of my views, likes, and follows. When I hit 400, who knows, perhaps a party is in store. In the meantime, remember to blast love everywhere and be kinder while driving. And think of me when I sit down to enjoy the ultimate mortadella hoagie!

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