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Living life small.

Living life small fortunately leaves room for big ideas.

Do you believe in coincidence? Or, like many people, do you believe there is no such thing? 

Carl Jung, renown Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology, coined the term “synchronicity.” Jung believed that everything in the universe was intimately connected, that there was a collective unconscious of humankind.  In other words, there were no coincidences.

I believe there are both coincidences and eerily similar events that have no possible explanation.

Recently, on the same day I finished this blog– My aha! moment ,  I received a link in my Facebook newsfeed to a friend’s essay : Living a frugal life doesn’t mean I’m not rich. Then I got a comment on my essay from another writer, which lead me to this: Cherish the little things.  And the next day, which was Friday the 13th, this was in my email inbox: Slower and quieter.

What’s going on?

Is it serendipity? The synchronicity of the universe? A weird coincident.  Was the universe trying to counteracting the unlucky Friday the 13th vibe?

Whatever it is, I took note.

I believe it was Oprah who coined the phrase “living life large.” She always seemed to apply it to people of great means and success. I used to feel left out, knowing that didn’t describe my life.

That was before I realized living life small is equally worthy of celebration.

If your life isn’t simple, by preference or default, perhaps when the next Friday the 13th rolls around, you can take that day to remember to build in and relish at least a few quiet, simple moments.

If you find you enjoy the change of pace, it will be no coincidence.

And in honor of the theme of this blog, it is short and sweet.

The end.

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  • Karen DeBonis writes about motherhood, people-pleasing, and personal growth, the entangled mix told in her memoir "Growth: A Mother, Her Son, and the Brain Tumor They Survived" forthcoming in spring 2023. Subscribe today to receive Chapter 1: A Reckoning.

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  1. RoseMary Griffith on April 19, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    I love when so many things fall into our lives at the exact moment, Karen. For me, the last week has been full of stop eating sugar moments. I don’t eat much bad food in the first place, but getting 4 warnings from unrelated sources is sure making me pay closer attention to my diet!

    • Karen DeBonis on April 25, 2018 at 9:22 AM

      Oh dear! Rose Mary – I just found several comments of yours in my WordPress spam bucket! (Which I didn’t even know existed.) I hope that isn’t supposed to be some kind of warning. LOL. Managing comments (on any website I set up, apparently) is anything but simple, but that’s the era in which we live. Thanks for trying and thanks for your thoughts.

  2. RoseMary Griffith on April 25, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    Glad you found “me” so you didn’t think I was ignoring you!

  3. Karen DeBonis on April 25, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Not at all! I’m glad I found you so you didn’t think I was ignoring you!

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