We meet through serendipity. Through fluke or happenstance.

Sometimes we are strangers passing by one another without even a glance between us.

In We Meet Through Serendipity, the candle represents time melting away

We may meet someone and follow them into their future, which then becomes ours.

Or we may stand in place and watch them walk their path alone.

So much of life isn’t planned or preordained.

“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


Sometimes we stumble upon a person we come to love in this world filled with billions of people.

The test is whether he or she is going to stand by you, or are they just passing through your life on the way to somewhere or someone else?

What begins as a bloom does not always open into a flower. Or it does and when the flower fades, so does the relationship.

Often people say that something that is irrevocably broken just wasn’t meant to be. Which, in magical terms, means it wasn’t your fate or destiny.

But there is really nothing magical about the world we live in.

We meet through serendipity. Through fluke or happenstance.

A vintage clock that means time is always passing by

“People change and forget to tell each other.” – Lillian Hellman


You walk into a store one day and someone bumps into you by accident. After the initial shock of nearly being knocked off your feet, you look up at that person.

A stranger looks back at you. And maybe one thing turns into another and it becomes something more.

Days and weeks and months will or won’t cement the serendipitous meeting. Maybe you will eventually marry, and maybe you will go your separate ways.

Friendship is much the same I suppose. People meet and they are either compatible or they’re not.

Some friendships deepen into a lifetime relationship that passes the test of time.

And sometimes you find that you don’t have all that much in common, and so you part ways.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” – Maya Angelou


One day you may think of that person you met “back then” and not be able to even recall their name.

Eventually, you will forget how you even met in this story called life. And they won’t even be a memory. Just someone passing through.

We as a human race are looked at from afar as small dots. Always moving; seldom in one place for long.

My apartment patio with blue pots filled with flowers and plants next to a tree

Life is a creation of possibilities. There will be love and there will be grief.

There may be marriage and then ultimately divorce. And of course what happened in between.

The pages then become chapters that represent the passing of time.

We meet through serendipity. Through fluke or happenstance.

A seed may be planted and the seed may become a bloom. Your bloom may open up into a glorious flower.

Or the wind may break it at its stem.

The bloom may open, but one day fade.

And then you take a different path and move on.

“Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

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  1. Hi Brenda, love the blue pots. In my old garden I needed a row of blocks like in your garden to direct storm water and keep mulch on my garden. I filled each hole nearly to the top with potting mix then had very small pebbles on the top, always looked neat. Just an idea, I know you will get your area looking lovely.

    1. I’m working on getting plants on the patio. I have to put them close to the concrete block step-down so I can water them from a watering can without having to walk on that unsteady ground.

  2. Beautifully written, thoughtful post, Brenda. I believe that people come into our lives for a reason, briefly or not. The quote by Lillian Hellman really hit me. So true!

  3. Brenda, lovely and profound tho’ts on life and relationships. And the quote from Maya Angelou has been one of my favorites for a long time. And the patio with the beautiful blue pots and the rocks is looking lovely. Little by little it’s coming together and reflects you genius at decorating and growing plants.

    I hope your weekend is enjoyable and your Mother’s Day is happy.

  4. Hi Brenda,
    I believe that people come into our paths for a reason. Some will be with us until we take our last breath and others will be in our paths for just a short while. Maybe to teach us something not sure. Good post. Have a nice day on Sunday for Mom’s Day.

  5. Well written, Brenda…so true it seems too…often just ships passing in the night…other times to never leave. So many uncertainties in life…but we must be oh so sure not to disregard the unsought gifts too…often turn out to be real jewels!! (After testing some to see if the gift really is one, of course).

  6. Your pots look pretty!!!… Totally off topic on your post today, but could it be fun to have those tall candles that have a remote, stuck into those brick holes? … for some reason that just came to me in that picture probably because you have those nice large river rocks!!!

      1. They do, Brenda. I have some that are indoor/outdoor. I haven’t used them outdoor at this point but apparently you can. I’d give a link but I bought them on sale from the Hudson Bay Company at Christmas and they sold out.

  7. I knew you’d figure out some kind of gardening situation that’s easiest for u Brenda! Nice post today to get everyone thinking!
    Have a fantastic weekend!

  8. Loving the picture of your patio. Can’t wait to see a bigger photo, with the sitting area too.

  9. What a beautiful, well written, and thought provoking post! The people who are meant to stay in your life will, and the rest will hopefully teach us something, I suppose. I really enjoyed today’s post, Brenda! Thank you!

  10. Powerful post on this Friday. Thank you for sharing the Bob Marley quote – it resonates and speaks volumes.
    Enjoy your day – be happy!

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