Carl Jung coined the word “synchronicity” to describe coincidence. Two events, having no connection in the real world, but are acausally connected. I bring this up because of something that happened to me the other day, a coincidence of the highest degree, but in my mind at least, connected.
I went to a street in our town that is known for having very many small, and not so small, stores. The selection of merchandise available is quite eclectic: from foodstuffs to computer parts. I go there to pick up supplies for my cupboard, and then I browse the gadgets and other things on display. Since there are a few very good, but inexpensive restaurants there also, I’ll have lunch too and make a day of it. I had just visited a store, and since there was a place to sit down outside, I decided to take a brief rest and observe the other shoppers passing by.
I saw a man and woman across the street, and he looked very familiar. I have a great memory for faces (with names, not so great) so I wondered where I might know him from. Then it hit me. I once worked in New York City, in midtown, on Seventh Ave, about 2 blocks from Madison Square Garden. On the next block was an electronics store, owned by two brothers from Israel, one of whom named Stan, I dealt with quite a bit, and we became friends of a sort. I had not seen him for at least 35 years, and yet, there he was, across the street, strolling along with his wife.
I called out his name, and although he did not recognize me at first, he finally did and we had a nice little chat and caught up with what had happened in the intervening years, Now I live in North Central Mexico, a nice small sized city, not a tourist attraction by any means, and I’m from New York, and I meet someone from Israel, whom I have not seen in more than 35 years. That’s synchronicity in my book.
They used to say that if you stood at the corner of 7 Ave and 42 St in New York City, eventually every person in the world would pass you by. It seems that the world is much smaller, and that saying can even apply to the Arroyo del Plata, in Zacatecas, Mexico.