Do you believe that some things are ‘meant to be’? I had a simple experience just recently that made me look at it again.
The story begins on Irish Rail. Now I often use Irish Rain when I travel from Cork to Dublin and I have certain procedures that I follow unconsciously at this stage. You’re probably the same. One of them is that I mind my own business. In other words I don’t speak to anyone, especially not to the person next to me because let’s face it, that’s how you end up listening to some windbag for over two hours.
On this particular occasion I had just been given the gift of two books by the author and broadcaster, Andrea Hayes. One is her quite fantastic Mind, Body, Soul Journal which is right up my alley as you can imagine. The other was her very personal story about living with Chronic Pain entitled Pain Free Life, my Journey to Wellness.
I perused both on the train for a while and then I had some Barry’s tea. Then the woman opposite me whom asked me a question. ‘Is that book about chronic pain good?” she said. So I explained that I had just been given it. The conversation continued and she told about how her husband had precisely the same condition. She explained to me how it affects him, the avenues they had explored to find relief and so on.
Now the thing is that when author, Andrea, signed both books for me she said that I should feel free to give away the book about Chronic Pain if I knew someone who might benefit from it. I noticed that she signed the Mind Body Journal to me personally but she didn’t include a name on the other one. Confirmation again for me that I could give it to someone who needed it more.
My intention was to read it first. But I wonder did the fates, the Man Above, intervene? Because after the interview with Andrea I went on to another meeting, met two people but it didn’t occur to me to offer them the book. But now on the train it was different. I saw immediately that I had met the right recipient.
There was just such a strong feeling that this was the moment, the person and the place. So naturally I passed it on. The woman’s name is Catherine.
Catherine and I both then discussed was this ‘meant to be’. Or was it just a coincidence, some kind of accident? And nothing to do with fates or the Man Above? When Catherine tweeted about the encounter afterwards she wrote two hashtags. #Fate and #Randomactsofkindness.
I will never know which explains it better and how you interpret it is entirely down to how this life so far has shaped your experiences and beliefs. What I do know for sure is that two women parted company at the train station with a big smile and the cockles of the heart as warm as a June day.
Thank you, Andrea Hayes, and Catherine, for a lovely human moment.