Word of the Week: SERENDIPITY

I’ve heard of it but never used it. Kind of knew what it meant but always pronounced it as ‘serenpidity’

Meaning a pleasant and beneficial surprise. Making accidental, unplanned discoveries. First given a name to by Horatio Walpole  in 1754 in a letter he wrote to a friend, citing the Persian Fairy Tale “The Three Princes of Serendip”, always making accidental discoveries.

accidential-discoveries-01-0613-lgnThe word, according to my online research, is well acquainted with scientific innovation, famously Alexander Fleming’s accidental discovery of Penicillin in 1928 and Percy Spencer’s discovery of the Microwave in 1945. (10 awesome accidental discoveries).  Horatio Walpole, was the son of British Prime Minister Robert Walpole, famously remembered for creating the Gothic Castle  Strawberry Hill in Twickenham.

My serendipity moment occurred 2 weeks ago when a close business acquaintance made an appointment for me with 2 people I had been thinking about contacting anyway. It just so happened, that those 2 people had been thinking about contacting me too so my business acquaintance tells me.  He referred to the moment as Serendipity. How much of a coincidence is that?   What, if any, benefit this occurrence brings remains to be seen!

What’s your serendipity moment?

Please comment and share your thoughts

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