Tag: chance


My road trip through Italy taught me an important thing: when something needs to happen, it happens. And effortlessly!

The day before I arrived in Siena, I booked a guided tour that I found rather randomly on the Internet. The next day, in front of the cathedral, I realised I was the only person waiting for the guide. I had hit the jackpot: two hours for 20 euros!

That night, I tried to repeat the exercise. I looked for a guided tour of Assisi for the next day. It was impossible: not on a Sunday, not in a group, not in the morning – so I gave up and went for dinner.

During my meal, I was chatting on WhatsApp with some friends and realised I could meet up with them for lunch the next day! If I had insisted on a guided tour – if I had persisted in my efforts to find a guide – I would have missed out on the pleasure of that lunch.

Have you noticed that things happen effortlessly when they are just meant to be? The universe always points you in the right direction.


At a seminar, I’m sitting next to someone who at first glance doesn’t seem very interesting.  I quietly curse the fact that I’ve ended up by chance on this particular chair. After about 10 minutes’ conversation, I realise that the person is absolutely charming, has loads of good ideas and is bursting with energy and common sense.


I tell him that it was completely by chance that I sat next to him, and that I find him very inspirational. He replies: “There’s no such thing as chance or luck, only meetings!”

But before a meeting, doesn’t there need to be an invitation? Usually yes, and then it depends on me agreeing to go along!

I could quite well have stuck with my first impression, and turned and chatted to the person on the other side of me. End of story. But I was curious as to why the man was actually there.

When I look at it from that perspective, all encounters however unlikely, become opportunities to challenge my preconceptions, to learn and be inspired.

What invitations would you like to transform into meetings?