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People You Know Before You Meet Them

Updated: Oct 17

Post by Onna Carr


Sometimes, it feels as if you know people before you meet them. It is like a hunch or the hair that stands up on the back of your neck when something is up. Some people call it deja vu--others call it a touch of fate or destiny. I am not sure I believe in fate--it looks to me from that viewpoint it would be a dealer in weighted dice at times. Destiny? Maybe it exists. I think there have been moments and people who definitely were in the right place at the right time. Though, come to think of it, it could be argued equally that there were those who were at the wrong place at the wrong time. I guess when it comes to fate and destiny, you win some, and you lose some, but there is always the "some" factor.

Awhile ago, I had one of these deja vu moments in the oddest of places at the oddest of times. A random errand to the library made me cross paths with someone, and it was as though I knew them from somewhere else, in a good way. We ended up chatting--discussing life in general, and I made a friend that I was not planning on. I am glad I happened to be going to the library that day.

In Asia, they have the belief that there is a red thread that flows through our lives--connecting us to and leading us on to meet our family, our friends, and all those we care about. In India, they often tie a red thread around wrists at wedding ceremonies, and in the Old Testament story of the Battle of Jericho, Rahab tied a red thread from her window to keep her family together and alive and to tie herself to the nation of Israel.

I like the idea of this invisible bright thread running through our lives--tying us to those who we come to care for and leading us on in our journeys to those in the future who we will come to know and be there for. A thread that is like an undulating peaceful wave--always ending up on the shore it is destined for. Whatever you decide to call it--destiny, fate, a red thread, or deja vu. I think all are there to serve a purpose--to give us peace that we are heading in the right direction and following our red thread even when doing the most mundane of tasks and that, is reassuring.

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