The Musician’s Journey

Artsmentor, Jill Timmons

Jill Timmons

By now we are all well ensconced in the New Year. And if we haven’t made those resolutions yet, we are probably at least thinking about them. This year I decided to take a different slant on this whole resolution process. Sure, I have the ten pounds I want to lose, the gym beckons, and all sorts of healthy options are on my mind. But if the truth be told, these really aren’t resolutions as much as they are lifestyle choices. Mostly I am doing them, but yes, I can do better. So what occurred to me for this year is something more esoteric. My New Year’s resolution is to be more open to serendipity and synchronicity—two words that fly in the face of strategic planning, time management, multi-tasking, and being “on top” of things. I would like to spend more time noticing my world, those whom I encounter, things that I discover “accidentally,” and really see what happens around me.

I am no stranger to either serendipity or synchronicity and, in fact, I often find that they work together. I have met quite by accident important mentors who offered me the gift of their wisdom, even when I wasn’t looking for it! One of my students landed a job simply by noticing someone on a train who was practicing American Sign Language. My student had been studying ASL and took the initiative to make a connection with a stranger on a train.

Serendipity and synchronicity also remind us that we are all connected. Six degrees of separation really isn’t much. And when we look for meaning in the people we encounter, unexpected events that unfold, and surprise opportunities that come to us everyday, our lives are richer,

In 2013, I want to discover a new balance between my cognitive life and the world of serendipity and synchronicity.

It may be the best year yet!