In life, there are times when you have to wonder whether or not there is some omniscient force out there directing our paths. People call these things signs, or destiny or better yet, serendipity. So is there something wrong if you truly believe in such a phenomenon? Does that automatically negate the fact that we have choices?

From my own experiences, I have seen some things I have to question; like the time I went to Korea. One day I suddenly got an email by a woman asking if I was interested in teaching in Korea and whether or not I had received her previous message. What was mysterious about this message was that I was thinking about a way to travel and make money while doing so. And as if this woman was reading my mind, she sent me a message about a very lucrative adventure. I responded to her and agreed to have a telephone interview. During the interview, I was honest and I mentioned that I would not be able to stay for a year, which was one of the requirements. I didn’t get the opportunity because of that, and I assumed it was a sign that it wasn’t meant for me. But, surprisingly I got another email from a man within the same week! He asked if I was still interested in going to Korea. Did he know that I was even thinking about Korea?? It was then I thought, serendipity!

So what’s the point? Well there is a slight possibility that some times, these co-incidents or luck are not exactly that. Maybe it’s a little more than the eyes can see? What if we really do have some kind of secret angel out there trying to align our thoughts with the universe? Wouldn’t that be an incredible thought? In truth I do not believe that the belief in signs completely counteract the idea of free will or choice. We actually have to choose to follow the ‘signs’ as it were. It is a feeling that something is right that our hearts unconsciously wants to chase after. I chose to follow my path to Korea because it was aligned with my thoughts. What I believe is that I
received a little help from my secret angel and the trip became reality.

In essence, we all make choices daily. But I think that these things that we label, accidents are a little more than what we think they are. These ‘accidents’ are there to give us the little boost or quietly remind us about the path we’re on. If the sign goes from an advertisement, or a book, a movie or in a conversation why not follow it. See where it leads. You might be surprised.

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Shauna-Kay Cassell

I was born in Jamaica and have been residing in Canada for over 20 years. I graduated with Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Toronto, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration at Seneca College, and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the West Indies, Mona. I've worked for the former Ministry of Children ad Youth Services (now the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services). Now I'm a Court and Client Representative for the Ministry of the Attorney General. In my spare time, I write press releases, blogs, and news articles for different organizations, including my own website. I write about experiences about travelling, social justice issues, relationship and spirituality. Visit me at

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