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Luck or Divine Appointment?
Christine Saunders & Jonathan Darling
Christine: Imagine your life today without a friend, a spouse, or even an experience that has made your life better.
If you think back to the very moment you have met one of these people, what memory do you have of the first words, look, or even post on social media?
The choice in our lives, are they solely ours or are they the work of more powerful energy?
This is a story of two friends connecting in a way neither has ever imagined.
It all happened so quick… one moment watching a Facebook live and literally, 2 days later, driving to the local coffee shop to meet this man Jonathan Darling.
I had connected with people 100’s of time on social media but not like this. We struck up a conversation that went something like this.
Me: Cool you got to go to Austin and meet the group from Depression2Extinction.
Jonathan: I know! I just happen to be able to stay overnight on my way to Denver.
Me: That’s way cool. I’m close to Denver. I’m in Longmont. If you have time, we should meet for coffee.
Jonathan: I should have time and I’m coming to Longmont tomorrow for a meeting.
Me: No Way!
In my mind, I’m like “What? This is meant to be” I was so excited to meet this cool dude. We have so much in common and are in the same path in life. We were meant to meet.
Now I had never in a million years thought to myself “Let’s meet a stranger in a coffee shop, let alone someone from Facebook!” I mean, I just connected with him two days prior. What was I thinking?
We kept chatting about our common journey and with the excitement and maybe little nerves, I drove to the coffee shop, pulled in and practically sprinted across Starbucks to hug this “stranger”
We had a great conversation, talked about every topic and my husband even came by. They also talked and connected. All in all, it was a beautiful couple hours in time.
And to this day, we are super close friends who support, collaborate and truly love one another. So I ask…. Luck or divine appointment?
In my opinion, a little bit of both! I had a choice and I chose to recognize and act on an opportunity that the universe presented to me! So yes, ultimately divine appointment.
Jonathan: It was my first time doing facebook live for anyone other than my connections. Ryan Hartley, from Always Better Than Yesterday, had asked me to do a Mentorship live for his facebook group on Leadership. I was so nervous! Not only was this a group of my peers, but this was for mostly people in the UK.
As I started the live, one person jumped on and watched. Christine Saunders. She was so engaged and for some reason, after the live, I felt like I had to reach out to her. So I messaged her on facebook and we struck up a conversation. It was like we had known each other for years….. and that’s when it happened.
I had explained that I was going to be travelling to Denver. Christine explained how she was in the Denver area, Longmont, and that if I had time, we should meet for coffee.
I was completely freaked out! I was heading to Longmont the next day!
Now I have never met a random person from Facebook, but this seemed different. It was almost as like everything was lining up and we were supposed to meet. Despite my internal hesitancy, I decided to meet her.
2 days later, I was sitting in a coffee shop in Longmont, CO waiting for this stranger to arrive. I was nervous and excited at the same time. She walked in and we immediately hugged and our friendship was sealed.
We talked for hours about life, our journeys and our hope to inspire the world to connect more, love more and follow their hearts. I was lucky enough to meet her husband John, and learn more about how these two amazing people have navigated over 20 years of marriage, and to my view, are still head over heels for each other.
As we left and went our separate ways, we smiled and knew that a meaningful friendship was just created. Since that day, we have laughed, cried and yelled with each other. We have lifted each other up when we were upset and jumped with excited together for the amazing opportunities that keep presenting themselves. It’s truly been amazing growing in friendship with this special person.
As I reflect back on this story and try to wrap my brain around this chance encounter, I remember the quote by Barbara Sher, “The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.” I don’t believe in luck. I believe in showing up every day, and being consistent. When you do that, good things happen. Christine and I decided to show up that day, and we decided to have the courage to use social media the way it should be used, to truly connect with another human, and see how you can do life with them.
No….. this wasn’t luck. This was definitely a Divine Appointment.