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Coincidence? Really? 偶然?本当に?

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Our first lunch guests in Powell River パウエルリバーで初めてのお客様
Neil found a Tree Spirit in the forest … ニールが森の中で木の精を見つけたよ。
Taking a close look. Looks like a wood carving? 近くで見るとこんな感じ。木彫りの鳥かな?。
Ferry boat going to Texada タクセーダ島に行くフェリー
Beach in Powell River. Sometimes whales are splashing. パウエルリバーの海岸。時々鯨の潮吹きが見えるよ。
Deer family in our backyard, eating apples 庭のリンゴを食べに来る鹿の家族

Two days ago, when we were walking with our dogs along the shoreline of Powell River, a couple passed by. ‘She looks familiar,’ I thought for a moment. Of course, there are many people who look familiar…so, I smiled and kept on walking. ‘’Aaaaah‼️” Voice came from them. Two+ years ago, before the Covid pandemic closed down large gatherings including choirs, she was singing in the same choir in West Vancouver. Though I don’t recall having much conversation with her, I vaguely remembered her face.

We stopped and talked for awhile. “What a coincidence! What are you doing here?”

They said they were camping in Powell River. It turned out that they had lived in Japan for quite a long time. In fact, they met and got married in Tokyo. They camped on Texada Island last year and are trying Powell River this year. They like this area, they said.

Out of 2.5 million people living in Vancouver, 4 people who used to sing in the same choir happened to come to the same spot of the small town of 14,000 people, 5 hours drive away, at the very same time ……

Isn’t this a miracle??

Is this really a mere coincidence?

When I think of it, there are coincidences that happened in my life, that later brought changes in my life.

Some big ones are…..

50+ years ago, when I was only 13 years old, with no English whatsoever, I arrived in Los Angeles. I met a tiny adorable poodle on the road. This encounter led me to meet a wonderful pianist/teacher, and resulted in having music as a huge part of my whole life.

20+ years ago, I was invited to a dinner party. I met a person at the dinner who told me about a business graduate program called Executive MBA in Simon Fraser University. I ended up getting enrolled in the program, and met Neil who was one of the professors there, and now my spouse of 21 years.

We used to go camping to the beautiful Okanagan area. One year, there was terrible wild fire and we went to Sunshine Coast instead. We came to Texada Island and absolutely loved there. We built a cottage and it’s been 16+ years now. And, we ended up choosing Powell River for our retirement because of the easy access to Texada.

It’s amazing. My major life directions were led by some unpredicted coincidences.

I thought of a book I read many many years ago called “Celestine Prophecy.” The message was that there is no such thing as coincidence. The word being used is not “coincidence,” but “synchronicity.” Everything that happens to you has meaning. It was meant to happen. Every being you meet has message(s) for you…. I remember the book very well. It had such a strong impact on me. The surprising synchronicity of meeting my choir friend brought back the feeling of “Celestine Prophecy.”

Life is interesting. Every synchronicity is important and precious. I really need to live my life more mindfully. I need to value each moment and each encounter…..

一昨日のことだ。犬のお散歩にパウエルリバーの海岸を歩いていた時、あるカップルとすれ違った。何となく見たことのあるような、とちらっと思ったけど、似たような人は結構いるし、気のせいだろうとニコッと微笑んで通り過ぎようとした。そうしたら向こうから「あー〜‼️」と驚きの声がかかった。2年半前、ウエストバンクーバーの合唱団がコロナで閉鎖される前、同じ合唱団で歌っていた人だった。といっても特に親しかったわけでもなく1〜2回たわいもない会話を交わした程度だ。

立ち止まって30分くらい話し込んだ。聞けばパウエルリバーでキャンプ中だという。しかもこのカップルは日本に長く住み、日本で知り合って結婚したんだという。去年はタクセーダ島でキャンプして今年はパウエルリバーでキャンプしているそうな。

250万人もの人が住むバンクーバーから偶然にも同じ合唱団に在籍していた2組のカップルが車で5時間も離れた人口たったの14000人のパウエルリバーの片隅でばったり会うなんて…何という奇跡⁉️

でもこれって単なる偶然なんだろうか?

思えば私の人生って単なる『偶然』から発展したことがどれだけ多いことか。

主だった例をあげると…

50+年前、ロスアンゼルスに到着したばかりの英語ゼロの13歳の私の前に偶然、小さな可愛いプードル犬が現れて、すばらしいピアノの先生と出会うきっかけを作ってくれた。結果、音楽が私の人生の大切なページを占めることになったこと。

20+年前のある日、招待されて行った夕食会で出会った人との偶然の会話からサイモンフレイザー大学のExecutiveMBA(働く人のための修士プログラム)のことを知った。入学して、のちのち、教授だったニールと知り合って今や結婚して21年。

いつもキャンプに行っていたオカナガンが、たまたまその年、山火事にみまわれて、サンシャインコーストに行ってみることにした。偶然行き着いたのがタクセーダ島。島が大好きになったあまりコテージを建てて、16年も年数回通ったあげく、島に近いパウエルリバーでリタイア後の人生を送ることにしたこと。

すごいよね。私の人生の主だった方向転換が単なる偶然から発展したんだから。

昔々に読んだCelestine Prophecy (日本語題は『聖なる予言』)を思い出す。この世の中に単なる偶然なんてない。偶然という言葉もcoincidenceではなくsynchronicity という言葉を使ってたな。自分に起こることは起こるべきして起こる。人(人間以外の動物等を含めて)との出会いには必ず意味がある。そんな内容の本で、読んだ当時は強い感銘を受けたものだ。

パウエルリバーの海岸での出会いによって、その感動が蘇ってきたような気がした。人生っておもしろい。改めてこれからの私の1日1日、そして出会うひとりひとりを大切にして、マインドフルに生きていかなければ、と思った午後だった。

Author: Haruyo Abramson

I'm a musician, mom, and grandma, living in BC, Canada with my husband and three dogs.

2 thoughts on “Coincidence? Really? 偶然?本当に?

  1. Hello Haruyo & Neil,
    I’m so delighted to learn you have made your move to Powell River. After all the planning, you can finally relax & enjoy the fruits of your decision & hard work. Bravo!

    All good here on the Island. I continue to enjoy my retirement as well as living on the Saanich Peninsula. While I’m still sorting out what coast I wish to live on – NS vs BC – I’m slowly settling into staying west. This Fall I hope to restart getting my condo prepared for listing & upsizing so I can have a little more space for hobbies. Much to do & I’m the only one doing it… it’s a big project… almost overwhelming. I’m sure you can relate…LOL!

    I expect to be stepping back from my photography over the next year, but do hope to keep up with the family research on the Lloyd family in order to publish my dad’s book in the next year or two. We shall see how things unfold this Fall & into next year.

    I wish you all the best in settling into your new home… it all looks so lovely. Thanks for sharing the photos. Be well, my friends & stay safe. 😷

    Warm hugs from the Island… Judy L. 🙋🏻‍♀️🤗

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    • Judy, thank you for reading my blog. Yes, we have finally moved. So far I’m happy about the move. Powell River is a nice little town, not too busy, not too boring, peaceful, beautiful nature, friendly welcoming people…. Good luck with your condo sales. Big hugs to you. Stay well. Love, Haruyo

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