Friday, January 15

Coincidence and Synchronicity - Example 9

coincidence of timeThis is about a personal coincidence I mentioned in my post The Beginnings Of My Interest In Coincidences.

Thinking about this today perhaps it doesn't sound such a big deal but, at the time, it affected me greatly and still intrigues me now.

My son had just told us that he had qualified as a Chartered Accountant, which takes quite a few years work here in the UK. I was, of course, chuffed to bits about this and, after talking about it with my wife, I went upstairs to our bedroom.

I wanted to get something or other out of my wardrobe and, for some reason, I was wondering what my father, now deceased, would have thought about my son's success. As I reached into the wardrobe a small bag fell out.

The bag just happened to be one in which I kept a few of my dad's possessions. Nothing of value but they all mean something to me: his old watch, cigarette case, penknife, wedding ring, darts, a tie and a few other trinkets all full of memories.

I then looked at the watch. Dad was always one for punctuality and often asked, "Do you know what time it is?" when I was a teenager either arriving home at night or getting up late in the morning. Then I noticed the time where the hands of the watch had stopped and have remained ever since.

The time on the watch was exactly the time that my son had been born (3.20pm).

Perhaps I was in an emotional state but this really hit me. It was as if it was a message from my father saying he knew all about his grandson.

Okay, this may sound very fanciful but what are the odds of the watch stopping exactly at the time of my son's birth? Plus the bag fell out of the wardrobe 'by itself'.

Anyway, that was one of the first things that got me paying attention to coincidences and synchronicity. They have fascinated me ever since.

Further reading:
Coincidence or Synchronicity - Example 8 A concidence about photos


  1. Anonymous00:03

    Great story. It's interesting how some of the most powerful synchronicities are not objectively that amazing - it's our subjective state of mind as they unfold that creates deep resonance in an otherwise hardly-remarkable coincidence - so much so that we cannot accept that it was a "mere coincidence," no matter how irrational it might seem. While I love shockingly weird coincidences, often I'm most moved by those that are a bit more subtle - but coinciding with a feeling of intuitive flow and connection that makes a corresponding coincidence seem only natural, a wink from the Universe.

    PS - Really enjoying your blog & added you to my blogroll last week, thanks!

  2. teapotshappen: I like the 'wink from the Universe' phrase. I think feelings, emotions, state of mind and so on all play a part in coincidences and synchronicity.
    They become more numerous the more we dwell on them. The difficult bit is undertsnading properly what they, or it, all means.


    P.S. Great teapot story - have only just read it!

  3. Wonderful story and I'm in total agreement with teapot, who is a master of synchronicity - an attractor, which is sounds like you are, too.

  4. Trish and Ron: Many thanks for you kind words - much appreciated.
    Best wishes,

  5. hi there,
    Don't discount the synchronicity if it was meaningful to you. That's why I started my blog, because I knew each one in itself was probably not much, but over time it would become more meaningful. Sure enough, it has. What's amazing to me about my stories is that they rarely resonate with my own friends, but rather with random strangers who happen upon my blog. I'm so glad you're blogging about synchronicities too, because I think the more stories out there, the more magical it is.

  6. A New Soul: I don't discount coincidences or synchronicity. They are important on varying scales. Some are quite subtle whereas others can be life changing.
    Good luck with your blog.

  7. Anonymous21:20

    Very cool blog! Keep up the good work Mike!!