Saturday, September 18, 2010
I had heard of and owned this book for several years but since I am a compulsive book buyer, I own several books that I have not read. At an acquaintance's suggestion, I finally picked this book up and I finished it in a day. At the risk of sounding dramatic, it has changed the way I view the world. I already had believed in reincarnation and had read several books on Karma, but none affected me so much as this one. The day after I read the book I was directed to a questionable neighborhood for a meeting about holding support groups. My gut reaction was fear. I didn't want to put myself in an environment that might be dangerous. Unfortunately, that kind of reaction keeps the under-served population from getting what they need. Thinking of the book and how we are all in this spiritual journey together, I started seeing the place in a new light. I felt that I was supposed to be there and that the lesson was as much for me as it was for the people I was to help. We have three support groups scheduled!
My friend Lisa's daughter has 2 Aunt Amys, 2 Uncle Marks and 2 Uncle Brads. In addition, Lisa has a sister-in-law named Lisa as well.
Now it's not unusual to have some name repetition within families that marry but this seems beyond coincidence.
I told Lisa about this post and she replied:
"You could add that both Mark's and both Lisa's have the same middle names (Mark Alan and Lisa Ann), plus that one Amy's maiden last name is the same as the other Amy's married last name. It really is creepy!"
Last May when I had all sorts of metaphysical phenomenon happen to me, I realized that interruptions are sometimes not coincidences and it's the universe's way of changing direction. I was on the phone with my friend Janice and at the same time I had another call beep in on that phone and my work cell phone started ringing. I took that as a sign that Janice and I had to wrap up our conversation so that she could focus on the things that she needed to get done that day.
Janice is a friend of mine who I've known for fifteen years. She and I have drifted in and out of each others lives over the years as we've changed jobs, residences and spouses. I saw her on my birthday in May and we were so excited to reconnect that we vowed to see each other again soon. Summer came and went and somehow it just never seemed to work. She invited me to her husband's 50th birthday party at a restaurant. Unfortunately, I had to decline because I had a rehearsal dinner for a wedding that evening. I was so disappointed in the timing of it all.
Well, if you read my blog, you know where this is going. Since I had declined the invitation to the birthday party, I had forgotten about where it was to be hosted. The day before the dinner, Janice left me a Facebook message about getting back in touch. I called her immediately to see if she could get together but she was busy planning the party at Due Amici. Suddenly I made the connection that the rehearsal dinner was at the same place. Both events were at the same restaurant on the same day at the same time! While I wasn't able to be fully present at the party, I was able to visit some with Janice after all.
What is even better is that the translation of the restaurant name is "Two friends"!