Albert – A Great Coincidence

Albert

Life is full of coincidence. It seems that almost every day there will be a moment when I’ll think of something and it happens. Oh, like a random memory of a friend I haven’t seen in years will come to mind. Later in the day I’ll get an e-mail from that person.  Or someone will mention a song and it happens to be the next song up on the radio.

Coincidences also happen in blogging. Perhaps my greatest blogging coincidence occurred a couple of weeks ago.

As I was preparing for my blogaversary post I went through and looked at which posts had done the best and which the worst as far as number views, likes and comments. I had planned on having a little section of “the best and worst of Trent’s World” but decided to drop it.

I discovered that my absolute worst post was one about my cat, Albert. It had 2 views and 2 likes. Albert was a rescue cat from Kuwait. He was hit by a car on the streets in or around Kuwait City. The post told his tale, not to be confused with his tail.

I opened Albert’s post, shrugged my shoulders then moved on to Facebook.

One of my friends had a post about Facebook messenger. There’s a tab in messenger labeled “Other”. If you click on it you’ll see messages that were sent from people who are not amongst your Facebook friends. I was curious so I took a look. The messages went back to when I first joined Facebook. Most were junk mail. There was one, however, that interested me. It was from the lady who had rescued Albert in Kuwait. She wanted to know if I had any recent pictures. The note was from early 2011, three and a half years ago.

I felt awful. She thought I had blown her off all of those years ago, that I was selfishly keeping Albert to myself. I sent her a note with a link to the blog page about Albert. The page was still open so I was able to easily copy the link. I didn’t think anything else of it.

The next morning Albert’s post had gone from last place to the top ten. People from all over the world were popping in to take a look at Albert. And why not, he is a very handsome cat. The rescuer had posted a link to the page on her Facebook. Although the message showed up three years late, it had made her day.

Why did I discover her note when I had Albert’s page open? It was a coincidence, life is full of them. Do coincidences sometimes seem to rule your life?

(https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/albert-biting-me-softly/)

16 thoughts on “Albert – A Great Coincidence

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do like serendipity and the connotations it has beyond “mere coincidence”. I think this one was more serendipity, and I got a lot out of that conversation with the woman who rescued him :)

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  3. lifeconfusions

    WOW, Now that is something Trent ! What an awesome story….though it had it’s own share of twists and turns but it was a happy ending indeed. And I totally agree with you, that is one handsome cat with an equally awesome name ! ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      He is a great cat. That he has an interesting back story adds to his feline mystique. The name “Albert” came from the movie “The King’s Speech” which was popular when we adopted him.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Wouldn’t it be boring if everything ran like clock work and every day was a photocopy of the previous? It’s just these twists and turns that make life so interesting.

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  4. Blog Woman!!!

    I do love this subject. I have my own ideas/beliefs about coincidences, the main one being, that I don’t believe in true coincidences. I think there are these threads to life that include crossed paths at the right times. Interestingly, I just had one myself. There was a woman who I kept sort of bumping into at a grocery, but we just passed each other and carried on. I even ended up walking out of the store right behind her. Then once out the door, we went on separate paths. I didn’t see her until I was opening my car door and the person parked beside me asked if I was Robyn. I looked up, and it was her, the woman from the store. She turned out to be a young woman I’d worked with 30 years ago and who I thought of often since. She didn’t realize it was me until I turned toward my car door.
    It turned out, we’d been in the same neighborhoods for the last 15 years and had mutual friends. I really have no idea how we could have missed crossing paths before then, but that meeting did get me some answers to questions I’d been working on for an altogether separate matter!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Hi Robyn. I haven’t “seen” you in a while. On the one side I follow science very closely. We have millions of thoughts in a day the vast majority of which don’t become coincidences. Our pattern seeking minds connect those few that do. On the other hand, I believe there are things that science has yet to discover. Perhaps the mind has powers that are currently unknown. Perhaps we can sometimes see a little way into the future. Or perhaps there is some other power and the fates determined that now was the time you meet your old friend or I find the cat’s rescuer’s note. Anyway, interesting subject.

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      1. Blog Woman!!!

        Hi Trent, yes, I had to take care of some things for awhile. With every free moment though, I love to come back to see what my fab writer peoples have been up to.
        Your thoughts are pretty similar to mine along the idea of science and the unexplored. I have a belief in the power of the actual energy that propels us. I think thought is a part of it and there are collisions of a sort, depending on how strong the thought or intent. Anyway, this is all quite, ‘deep’ thoughts. I enjoyed thinking about this, thanks to your post.

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  5. M-R

    You are now going for that WordPress ‘tag’ thing about ending your posts with a question: why ? Does it work for you ?
    Anyway, ignore my bleating: I agree with you about coincidences, Trent, though they don’t occur anything like a much with me.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The tag? Of course it doesn’t work. I don’t think I do it more than once a week, if that much. But then, I’m sure you’re saying, why do it at all if it does nothing?

      I may have exaggerated a little. It might not be -every- day but sometimes it seems like it’s every day. A lot of it can be attributed to what I notice. I may have mention ten songs but only remember the one that came up on the radio. However, I do understand how pre-scientific people believed in magic!

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