Coincidence or destiny ? Do you ever wonder if you have a purpose, have a quest, something that you are destined to do ? I woke up this morning, still on my North American trip, pondering these very issues.
In the past two years, I :
- Went to Ecuador and, while staying with a family, encountered the man of the house dead on the floor with family grieving over him. I gave him CPR and brought him back to life. Hardly anyone in Ecuador knows CPR. How fortuitous that I was there.
- Two months later I responded to sounds of panic and found a woman choking, unable to breathe because of food caught in her throat. There was panic around. I did the Heimlich manoeuver and she was able to breath again. The last first aid course that I took was probably about 30 years ago, so it is not as if this is part of my regular life.
- Just over a year ago I discovered that the lady sitting beside me on a flight to Ecuador was a medical doctor doing charity work. This chance (?) meeting led me to put all things in place for the building of a new children's medical clinic that will open in Quayaquil, on the coast, in the spring of 2013. Such a project was a new activity in my life.
- Getting on an elevator on 1 July, my 65th birthday, I met an old lady dressed for the Canada Day celebrations who led me to go to a pancake breakfast. There, I was invited to a couple meetings in which participants expressed interest in funding some charitable work for children in Ecuador that a Rotary Club that I joined wishes to do.
- Finally, I received an e-mail, leading to a Toronto dinner last night, from a fellow who used to work for me 15 years ago. He had seen my photography and decided that he would like to use it in support of the work of a Foundation for which he had been a founding member. The Foundation aims to help the poor in Colombia, and now Ecuador where I spend so much time. As a result of our meeting, the Foundation will fund projects of interest to me. Our previous relationship had nothing to do with charity; it was in an instrumentation business that I led.
I won't go into more examples. Suffice to say that, after a life of hard work and struggle in my personal and business life, I live in a constant state of happiness brought about by unplanned circumstances and opportunities that just seem to appear out of nowhere.
Fate or Plan ? In retirement, if that is what you call my adventure, am I destined to find my greatest joy helping others in need ? It was not my life before.
I don't jump into assumptions easily; but I can't help thinking about it. I suspect that one must have an open mind and be alert to all the possibilities that surround us all the time.
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