Posts Tagged ‘synchronicity’

Full Circle: Bob Poznanovich

December 2, 2016

I interviewed Bob Poznanovich, Executive Director of Business Development at Hazelden, for a Minnesota business magazine article titled “Full Circle.” Bob’s story is a perfect illustration of the adage, “What goes around comes around.” In other words . . . a full circle.
 

INTRODUCTION

Androcles, the Roman slave who removed a thorn from a lion’s paw, was later spared from death when the lion recognized him in front of a bloodthirsty crowd in the Coliseum. If Androcles had been a Twin Cities business leader, a seemingly isolated incident early in his career would undoubtedly have led to his company capturing the lion’s share of the market years later.

These three stories from Twin Cities businesspeople illustrate the inscrutable relationship between connection and coincidence. Call it karma, reaping what you sow or what goes around comes around; inexorably, like a circle completing itself, scales are balanced and debts repaid.
 

BOB POZNANOVICH’S STORY

Bob Poznanovich

Bob Poznanovich


I was the first kid from my family to go to college. I had grown up in a ghetto-like neighborhood in Chicago without a father in the house or any good male role models. I literally didn’t know how to behave in college. Hanging out with decent, successful people as opposed to hanging out with neighborhood guys on street corners was all new to me.

Jerry was a member of the fraternity I joined. He was two years older than me and was well known, well liked and well connected. He was a member of the student senate, active in other university organizations and very much a leader on campus.

For whatever reason, Jerry saw potential in me and became a mentor and friend. He helped me fit in by showing me how to get involved in the student senate and other campus events and activities. With his help, I started to develop on a personal level and discover my own leadership capabilities. The year I graduated, the faculty and staff selected me as Greek Man of the Year within the fraternity community. As a result of Jerry’s efforts, I (more…)

Full Circle: John Rollwagen

November 30, 2016

I interviewed John Rollwagen, former chairman and CEO of Cray Research, for a Minnesota business magazine article titled “Full Circle.” John’s story is a perfect illustration of the value of connections, synchronicities and how we often find ourselves in someone else’s orbit.
 

INTRODUCTION

Androcles, the Roman slave who removed a thorn from a lion’s paw, was later spared from death when the lion recognized him in front of a bloodthirsty crowd in the Coliseum. If Androcles had been a Twin Cities business leader, a seemingly isolated incident early in his career would undoubtedly have led to his company capturing the lion’s share of the market years later.

These three stories from Twin Cities businesspeople illustrate the inscrutable relationship between connection and coincidence. Call it karma, reaping what you sow or what goes around comes around; inexorably, like a circle completing itself, scales are balanced and debts repaid.
 

JOHN ROLLWAGEN’S STORY

John Rollwagen

John Rollwagen


When I was 12 years old, George Hanson was my scoutmaster at Cleveland Avenue Methodist Church in St. Paul. In the summer of 1959, when I came back from my first year of engineering school at MIT, I was looking for a summer job and my dad said, “Why don’t you call George Hanson?” I said, “George Hanson, my old scoutmaster?” He said, “Yeah, I read in the paper that some new company is starting up. It’s Control something. George is involved and maybe they’d have a spot for you.”

The company turned out to be Control Data and I (more…)

Full Circle: Ed Klemz

November 27, 2016

I interviewed Ed Klemz, founder and CEO of Central Coast Solutions for a Minnesota business magazine article titled “Full Circle.” Ed’s story is as profound as it is beautiful.
 

INTRODUCTION

Androcles, the Roman slave who removed a thorn from a lion’s paw, was later spared from death when the lion recognized him in front of a bloodthirsty crowd in the Coliseum. If Androcles had been a Twin Cities business leader, a seemingly isolated incident early in his career would undoubtedly have led to his company capturing the lion’s share of the market years later.

These three stories from Twin Cities businesspeople illustrate the inscrutable relationship between connection and coincidence. Call it karma, reaping what you sow or what goes around comes around; inexorably, like a circle completing itself, scales are balanced and debts repaid.
 

ED KLEMZ’S STORY

Ed Klemz

Ed Klemz


My mom, Marge, worked at Sperry Rand in New Brighton for more than 15 years. During that time, a security guard named Charlie was always at his desk, which was elevated so he could look down at the employees when they entered. Charlie was one of those great guys who greeted everyone by their first name and asked how their kids were. There were hundreds and hundreds of employees there and Charlie knew every single one of them.

One day, my mom walked into the guard shack, which she had to walk through to get into the building she worked in. Charlie wasn’t at his desk to buzz her in, so she used her card, entered the building and went up to her office. But something didn’t sit right with her. Not only was Charlie not at his post, there was nobody there, which was even stranger. So instead of sitting down and getting to work, my mom decided to go see what was going on. She walked back downstairs, stood on a pipe, looked over the top of the security counter and saw Charlie lying on the (more…)

Love Note

September 5, 2014

I love this story by Paul Grachan, Lockport, Illinois. Many people look for signs that the Universe has delivered their soulmate to them. Well, you’re not going to find a sign any clearer than this one!

Paul’s story appeared in a Guideposts e-letter. Click here to sign up for Guideposts‘ free Mysterious Ways newsletter. You’ll also be able to download a free e-book, Mysterious Ways: 9 Inspiring Stories That Show Evidence of God’s Love and God’s Grace.

LOVE NOTE
He thought it odd that he’d found a dollar bill with his new girlfriend’s name on it. Little did he know . . .

dollar-bill-esther
How do you know when you’ve met the love of your life? I couldn’t stop thinking about Esther. I laughed whenever we were together. My spirit soared at the sight of her. But we’d only been on a few dates! Was I really going to take her to dinner that weekend and ask her to be my girlfriend?

I knew she liked me but I was still nervous.

On my lunch break, I ran into a deli for a sandwich, pulling some bills that I had received as change earlier in the day from my wallet to pay for it. I glanced at them as I handed them to the cashier. Something was written on one of the dollars. I snatched it back and took a closer look.

In pencil, right next to George Washington, was the word (more…)

One Good Denny Deserves Another . . . And Another . . .

April 3, 2014
Chuck Denny

Chuck Denny

A couple of nights ago, I was eating dinner at the Lotus Cafe in Encinitas when I heard a man two tables away tell a server, “I’m a Minnesota boy who lives in Del Mar [just a few miles away from Encinitas].” As he and his son were preparing to leave, I walked over and introduced myself as a fellow Minnesotan. When he said his name was Kevin Denny. I asked, “Are you related to Chuck Denny”? “Yes, that’s my father,” he said. Quite the synchronicity!

In 2012, I was editing a book called Leadership and the Art of Struggle, in which Chuck Denny was praised by the author, Steven Snyder thusly:

Of all the leaders I met during my interviews, no one exudes the type of gratitude and appreciation for life’s precious moments more than Chuck Denny. Denny has endured more than his share of struggles and heartache. His wife suffered through tuberculosis and breast cancer before ultimately losing her battle with Alzheimer’s. They lost three children at very young ages. Yet Denny continues to persist in seeing the bright (more…)

The Beautiful Terror of Uncertainty

February 2, 2014

Anita Moorjani

Anita Moorjani



Anita Moorjani‘s account of her near-death experience (NDE) is one of the most profound stories I have ever encountered—not just because of her astonishing experience beyond this world but because her body healed itself of her end-stage cancer (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) within days of her return to this life. Click here to watch a forty-six-minute video interview with Anita in which she shares the story of her NDE.














I’m currently reading and enjoying Anita’s book, Dying to Be Me. Here are two paragraphs from page 137 that contain a whole lotta wisdom.









Since my NDE, I’ve learned that strongly held ideologies actually work against me. Needing to operate out of concrete beliefs limits my experiences because it keeps me within the realm of only what I know—and my knowledge is limited. And if I restrict myself to (more…)

Tuned to the Right Frequency

December 23, 2013

Carl Jung coined the term “synchronicity” to explain evidence of the sacred in everyday life. Case in point: this story from Caroline Updyke of Short Hills, New Jersey, which appeared in the January 2014 issue of Guideposts.


TUNED TO THE RIGHT FREQUENCY

life-after-life-radioIt was a station their radio wasn’t programmed to receive, but the connection was made, loud and clear

There’s a reason my husband, Eric, and I got satellite radio. It’s reliable. We live in a woodsy, hilly area, and just driving around town I used to lose my favorite station. Or the signal would get crossed with one from another station.

That never happens with satellite radio. We have it set to an oldies channel. The signal is locked in, the sound crystal clear.

That day I was especially glad to (more…)

A Rope of Hope

June 11, 2013

I can relate to stories like this. So many times I’ve felt guided to do some minor thing I ordinarily wouldn’t have done. I’ve learned to follow my intuition without questioning it because trying to make sense of it at the time is impossible. You just have to trust that everything will unfold (or, in this case, uncoil) in its own way in its own time.

This story was written by Sandi Sebak Bean of Bottineau, North Dakota, and featured in a Guideposts e-letter. Click here to sign up for Guideposts‘ free Mysterious Ways newsletter. You’ll also be able to download a free e-book, Mysterious Ways: 9 Inspiring Stories That Show Evidence of God’s Love and God’s Grace.

A ROPE OF HOPE
There was something in our church craft cabinet . . . something I’d never seen in there before

coil-of-ropeI walked over to our church’s craft cabinet, hoping to find some project ideas for kids. In just a few days my husband, Daniel, and I would be taking a mission trip to help the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota build a new church and we’d need some fun things to do with the families.

I’d barely opened the door when a long piece of thick rope (more…)

Wait Till You See What I Have in My Purse!

April 3, 2013

brother-lawrence-the-practice-of-the-presence-of-god-book-coverMy friend Nancy Williamson came over today to buy a few copies of my book, Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World. As we sat in the living room talking, I mentioned that it had taken me three months to not only source every quote in the book on GodsEyesQuotes.com but also to link to those sources. Nancy commented that sourcing all those quotes must have been enjoyable. I told her, “Yes, it was like going to school. There were so many people quoted who I had heard of but didn’t know anything about.” One name popped into my head so I added, ‘For example, Brother Lawrence. I knew the name but nothing else, and I enjoyed learning about him.”

Nancy smiled and said, “Have you read his book?” “No,” I told her, “but I’d like to some day.” As she reached for her purse, she (more…)

A Friendly Flight

August 28, 2012

That’s me in the middle with the sport jacket and bowtie. Scott is the second one on the right. In between us is my sister, Cindy (now Cyn). Doesn’t every eight-year-old get suited up for his birthday?

Yesterday, I got to my airport gate for my San Diego-to-Minneapolis flight about an hour and a half before takeoff. There were only a few other people waiting at that point. I sat down, opened my laptop and chose the airport’s free wifi network. I opened my browser and saw that I wasn’t connected to the Internet. Restarting my computer didn’t help. That struck me as odd considering that a guy with gray hair and a visor sitting in the row across from me and five seats down was actively using his laptop.

Finally, I gave up and decided to go buy a bottle of water. I stopped in front of the visor guy and said, “Excuse me, are you connected to the Internet?” He looked up at me, and without hesitation, said, “Are you toying with me?” As he spoke, I was so startled that I physically (more…)

A Taylore-Made Solution

August 27, 2012

My friend Mark was coming to pick me up at 5:30 tonight to drive me to the airport for a two-month trip back home to Minnesota. I had been trying in vain for two months to find someone to rent my room in Encinitas, California while I was away to help defray the rent cost.

At 11:10 this morning, three hours and twenty minutes before I’d be heading to the airport, I had no renter and zero prospects. By the time Mark picked me up at 2:30, I had not only found a renter, she had already moved in and had even taken me grocery shopping!

Out of the blue, Taylore, a friend whom fate had guided me to meet a mere three months earlier, Facebooked me and asked if my room was still available because she needed a space for September until she found a place of her own. I said yes, and, thinking she was still in Europe on a six-week trip, asked what date she’d be arriving. She (more…)

Sarah and Mrs. Z: A Teacher’s Story

April 25, 2012

We are all messengers; the way we live our lives, and how we show up in the world, are messages that we broadcast every minute of every day. Lou Zywicki Prudhomme, a high school teacher from Carlton, Minnesota, thought her message of encouragement and hope hadn’t made much of an impact on her students, until a chance encounter came at just the right time to provide her with encouragement and hope in her own hour of need. This story from the April 2012 issue of Guideposts moved me to tears. I trust it will touch your heart as well.

GUIDED BY HEAVEN’S HAND TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A reunion with a once-troubled former student helps a teacher deal with her grief

Lou Zywicki Prudhomme

I published an article in Guideposts magazine a little over six years ago: Sarah’s Story, about a troubled eleventh grader in the English class I taught at a vocational high school in Duluth, Minnesota. Sarah was one of the angriest students I had ever taught. But I knew that her anger was simply a defense she’d built up against her deeper feelings of fear and hurt.

Sarah had grown up in an abusive home and had then lived on the streets before entering foster care. Even then she remained disruptive and confrontational—with her fellow students and especially with me, whom she saw as just another authority figure who couldn’t be trusted. She seemed to have no interest in her future.

I was at a loss. I was proud of my teaching, but I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to reach Sarah. Lord, I’d prayed, help me find the key to Sarah’s heart.

Then one day I stumbled onto something that I hoped would grab her attention, a Northern (more…)

The Ultimate Security Guard

February 26, 2012

The odds of this story happening without divine intervention are about three gazillion to one, and that’s a conservative estimate. It was written by Dorothy Nicholas of Asheboro, North Carolina, and featured in a Guideposts e-letter. Click here to sign up for Guideposts‘ free Mysterious Ways newsletter. You’ll also be able to download a free e-book, Mysterious Ways: 9 Inspiring Stories That Show Evidence of God’s Love and God’s Grace.

ALWAYS ON THE JOB
Our neighbor told me he’d once tried to rob a store. Until one thing stopped him . . .

We were sitting at the table in our Florida home and talking to our next-door neighbors. This young couple had helped us a lot in the past year and a half, after my stroke and my husband’s leg injury.

Unexpectedly, the husband began telling us the story of his troubled past. At 16 he’d fallen in with the wrong crowd in his hometown of Greenwood, South Carolina, and had spent a year in a reformatory. When he was released he’d had good intentions but, because of his record, he couldn’t find a job.

He became desperate and decided to rob a local service station so he could have enough money to leave the state. He stole his father’s car and gun and just before closing time, drove up to the service window of a gasoline station. He was about to demand all the money from the woman manager.

“But just then,” he explained, “I looked up and saw the sign overhead. It read, (more…)

Nothing “Accidental” Is Possible

January 30, 2012

We’ve all experienced amazing coincidences that seem to defy the laws of physics, probability and reality itself. Yet when we take a closer look at the nature of reality and see the “oneness” of it all, the amazing becomes commonplace.

Here’s a nice scientific explanation for coincidences, courtesy of Dr. David R. Hawkins, author of the ground-breaking book, Power vs. Force. This is the January 5 entry in Hawkins’ book, Along the Path to Enlightenment: 365 Daily Reflections.

The infinite field of consciousness is All Present, All Powerful, and includes All of Existence. Thus, nothing can possibly happen outside its infinite domain because it is the Source of Existence. Within this infinite field of power, there are decreasing levels of energy fields. As they are expressed progressively in form (linearity), their relative power decreases all the way down to the individual.

The giant field could be compared to an immense (more…)

A Hug From Richard

January 12, 2012

In her book, Heart Prints; Walking on Holy Ground, Julie Ireland Keene starts off a chapter titled “The Faces of Angels Among Us” with a heartwarming story about her son who died far too young. All the elements line up so perfectly that it would be a stretch to attribute it all to coincidence. You make the call.

A HUG FROM RICHARD

The wise words of Rumi: “Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment” apply to an experience I had several years ago that remains vivid, consoling, and bewildering. For quite some time I had been focused on releasing the grief concerning my son Richard’s sudden death at age nine. For far too long I had carried the hundred pound weight on my heart and with the help of my dear friend Ione along with spiritual teachers such as Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Stephen Levine, Ram Dass and others, I made great progress. I took care of my unfinished business with him, dealt with guilt over not being a perfect parent, and was able to see the wonderful gift of having this dear loving soul in my life for nine years.

I had always dreamed of Richard in his nine year old earth suit. However, after I had gone through the process of releasing the pain but keeping him close in love, I had a dream of him as a (more…)

The House of Prayer

January 5, 2012

It’s been said that coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous. A good illustration is this story by Wanda Priddy of Pearcy, Arkansas, which was featured in a Guideposts e-letter. Click here to sign up for Guideposts‘ free Mysterious Ways newsletter. You’ll also be able to download a free e-book, Mysterious Ways: 9 Inspiring Stories That Show Evidence of God’s Love and God’s Grace.

THE HOUSE OF PRAYER
My son was dying and I needed comfort so badly

All I learned about prayer I learned at 218 Maylott Street. That was where I grew up, raised by my grandma, Mama.

I would lie in bed at night listening to Mama pray for me. “Lord, let Wanda know you are always with her.” Those comforting words stayed with me after I moved out.

It was the comfort I desperately sought at my youngest son Ronnie’s hospital bedside. He was very ill and not expected to make it through the night.

If only someone would (more…)