Also available in Hebrew translation. For Jews who study, you will find all the wisdom in Jewish sources, and for those who are not Jewish, this book may be worth reading.
NEW MEANING IN LIFE AND DEATH There’s a story about two businessmen who were driving to an important meeting. Each was to receive $50,000 tax-free, but they had to get there in one hour. On the way, each had a flat tire. The first businessman got out, looked in the trunk, and found he had no jack. He looked at his watch, saw that he had to reach his appointment within ten minutes, and had a heart attack on the spot. The other businessman looked in the trunk and also saw he had no jack. He stood by the car. A passerby stopped, changed his tire for him, and he made his appointment in time.
I subscribe to the Jungian idea of synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence. I believe that there are very few accidents. After one of my talks, a man handed me a card on which was written, “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” In a life out of harmony with itself, events seem to conspire to go wrong, but by the same token, they mesh wondrously when you start to live your bliss. Don’t climb the ladder of success only to find that when you reach the top it is leaning against the wrong wall. As you begin living your life, taking risks to do what you really want to do, you will find things fall into place and you “just happen” to be in the right place at the right time. Even elevator doors start to open when you arrive. Perhaps this is another way of saying you create your own opportunities out of the same raw materials from which other people create their defeats. I call these apparent setbacks “spiritual flat tires”—unexpected events that can have positive or negative outcomes, depending on how we respond to them. For example, a half-hour delay might save you from being in a traffic accident, or someone who stops to help you change a flat tire might turn out to be someone you needed to meet. Such occurrences teach us to stop judging events as necessarily good or bad, right or wrong, and instead just let life flow. A parent with cancer may be worrying about the effect on their child. If an author’s best source is an unhappy childhood, perhaps a future best seller will come out of the pain, thus helping others and providing financial success. We can only decide what to do with our pain. That is our only option.
Siegel, Bernie S.. Love, Medicine and Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients . HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.