Thursday, December 17, 2009

Do You Believe...

In fate? Kismet? Karma? Magic?

I use all of those in the Lucy Valentine books, and I have to admit I want to believe. It's been nice writing about it, exploring it a bit, controlling it so it comes out the way I want. :)

I wrote a book proposal years ago about a book based on karma (obviously I have a fascination with this stuff), it never went anywhere, but I still love the idea of it. And I love the idea that karma really exists. That good will triumph. There are a few people I know who I hope get a taste of what goes around. Just sayin'. And it would be nice to know the universe will take care of that for me as I hate confrontation.

I bring all this up because last night I had to run to Walgreens, which is about 2 minutes from my house. I left, got there, went in for about ten minutes (mental note--not the time of day to go to the pharmacy), and by the time I headed home, there had been a big accident in front of my neighborhood (it opens onto a four lane main road and has no traffic light--lots of accidents--but that's rant for another day).

I couldn't help but wonder if that would have been me in that accident if I'd left home a few minutes later, or if there hadn't been a line at the pharmacy.


I don't know, but it makes me wonder. And will probably keep me writing about it for a long time to come. (Lucky you!)

Tell me I'm not the only one who thinks about this kind of thing--have you had any close calls?


  1. I definitely think about things like that. One time driving home from college we stopped at a rest stop and then went on our merry way, only to be stopped by a massive accident that I'm positive we would have been in if we hadn't stopped.

    The accident I was in last week if the other car had hit me even one foot further back I would have been severely injured. If I had started driving as soon as the light turned green instead of waiting a few seconds who knows what would have happened?

  2. Yes, I think about this a lot! One time I was a bit late leaving work for lunch. I proceeded to the bank where I saw 2 police cars and the drive-thru window shade drawn. I had no idea what was going on and just proceeded on my merry way. Later, when I returned to work and looked up the news, I saw that the bank had been robbed and the robbers were on the loose in the area where I worked!! Talk about scary! They were eventually caught, but not before a police officer was killed trying to apprehend them. It was quite an ordeal around here.

    I wondered for a long time what would have happened if I had left for lunch on time that day. Who knows what I would have encountered at the bank? Very scary to think about!!

  3. Oh I believe. Some years back an old friend pop back in my life. I hadn't seen him in probably 10 years.
    The couple of times I saw him, when we parted he would always told me to wear my seat belt (which at the time I didn't).
    So to make him happy, I started wearing it. Two days later I had my first accident. A teenager ran a stop sign and hit the passenger side of my car so hard it knocked the drive shaft out. I was okay. Now, I always wear a seat belt. My friend, I haven't seen since that time. I figure he'll pop back up when I need him.

  4. I definitely believe..

    I leave at the same time everyday for home. One time I decided to make a stop and thank goodness for that because the train I normally take went off the track and people were stuck in the tunnels for 2 hours with no lights. They eventually had to walk on the tracks.

  5. Did you ever see the Gwyneth Paltrow movie "Sliding Doors"? It is about this exact subject. One of my favorite movies of all time.

  6. These are exactly what I mean! I've got goosebumps reading some of these stories. I haven't seen sliding doors but now I have to put it in the Netflix queue!

    Oh, and Katie, I didn't know about the accident. So glad you're okay--hugs!

  7. I saw Sliding Doors quite a while ago! Thanks for the reminder - I think I need to rent it again. I remember really liking it!