Explaining Collisions In Your Life

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Benjamin ButtonI came upon a traffic light the other day in my direction that had just changed green but tapped my brakes a bit cause sure enough someone RAN the red light the other way. There but for the grace of God I avoided a bad collision. It got me to thinking about collisions in life, things that happen by our choice or some kind of fate. I do think there is an element of both in what happens to us.

It made me think of a movie from years past, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt. I did not like the movie as I initially saw it cause the story was preposterous. Someone born very old and aging BACKWARDS fast in their life to infant stage. BUT the movie grew on me as it stayed in my mind, it is excellent, and one rather rapid set of dialogue by the main character Benjamin Button has always stuck with me as far as the cards dealt us.


Benjamin Button: 

Sometimes we're on a collision course, and we just don't know it. Whether it's by accident or by design, there's not a thing we can do about it. A woman in Paris was on her way to go shopping, but she had forgotten her coat - went back to get it. When she had gotten her coat, the phone had rung, so she'd stopped to answer it; talked for a couple of minutes. While the woman was on the phone, Daisy was rehearsing for a performance at the Paris Opera House. And while she was rehearsing, the woman, off the phone now, had gone outside to get a taxi. Now a taxi driver had dropped off a fare earlier and had stopped to get a cup of coffee. And all the while, Daisy was rehearsing. And this cab driver, who dropped off the earlier fare; who'd stopped to get the cup of coffee, had picked up the lady who was going to shopping, and had missed getting an earlier cab. The taxi had to stop for a man crossing the street, who had left for work five minutes later than he normally did, because he forgot to set off his alarm. While that man, late for work, was crossing the street, Daisy had finished rehearsing, and was taking a shower. And while Daisy was showering, the taxi was waiting outside a boutique for the woman to pick up a package, which hadn't been wrapped yet, because the girl who was supposed to wrap it had broken up with her boyfriend the night before, and forgot.

When the package was wrapped, the woman, who was back in the cab, was blocked by a delivery truck, all the while Daisy was getting dressed. The delivery truck pulled away and the taxi was able to move, while Daisy, the last to be dressed, waited for one of her friends, who had broken a shoelace. While the taxi was stopped, waiting for a traffic light, Daisy and her friend came out the back of the theater. And if only one thing had happened differently: if that shoelace hadn't broken; or that delivery truck had moved moments earlier; or that package had been wrapped and ready, because the girl hadn't broken up with her boyfriend; or that man had set his alarm and got up five minutes earlier; or that taxi driver hadn't stopped for a cup of coffee; or that woman had remembered her coat, and got into an earlier cab, Daisy and her friend would've crossed the street, and the taxi would've driven by. But life being what it is - a series of intersecting lives and incidents, out of anyone's control - that taxi did not go by, and that driver was momentarily distracted, and that taxi hit Daisy, and her leg was crushed.

Lesson is, I do believe there are no coincidences in life with where you are, what you encounter, who you meet, how long these people stay in your life. Everything is happening for a most of the time unknown reason, and you just have to let life unfold. Point is, their karma is what they do to you, but YOUR karma is how you treat them back.




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Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

I am always in the right place at the right time. 

We all are, you know. 

Jan 25, 2012 07:22 AM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Interesting fodder on this Wednesday afternoon. I sit here delayed and waiting...on another agent, my broker, and on a client. Perhaps, it's a very good thing. :) Love this Gary - and I loved The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Jan 25, 2012 07:29 AM #2
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale
www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com - San Antonio, TX
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country

Hi Gary ...


      How the world turns !!!!!



Yes, it really gets you thinking !!!! 



Jan 25, 2012 07:33 AM #3
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Life... is a curious collision course of sorts.  Very timely post Gary, as I wrote a post earlier today with a similar hint to such things.  We're on the same page today my friend ;)

Jan 25, 2012 07:49 AM #4
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Things happen for a reason and being at the right place and the right time is a result of what is meant to be.

Jan 25, 2012 08:03 AM #5
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Did you see The Butterfly Effect ? I often wonder if we really do have free will or if we are just following the pre-planned program of the 'Great Mystery' or God.


Jan 25, 2012 08:40 AM #6
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Gary another very thought provoking and true post.  Thank you my friend for sharing.  Your post are most profound and touch many more people than you realize. 

Jan 25, 2012 09:26 AM #7
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Great comments all, and Jo I know of the Butterfly Effect, where the wings of a butterfly flapping in China affect us in North America. Some truth in that.....

Jan 25, 2012 10:23 AM #8
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Gary, A most interesting and intriguing story. I am still thinking about this and lost in thought.

Jan 25, 2012 10:30 AM #9
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Gary~Been awhile since I could stop by...collision courses with snow and internet snafus but God willing I will NEVER have a collision with any of the lovely creatures that exist out here as I drive long country roads. The mind is a curious thing and you always make us aware of that with your posts. Now, I will have to go read Mel's, and also see if you set William's mind on a course that took him somewhere thoughtful...

Jan 25, 2012 05:04 PM #10
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

Gary. I had my first wreck in 35 years last year and it got me to thinking about destinies ...it just had to happen so I didn't fret over it. You make some really good points as usual. Hope your year is terrific.

Jan 25, 2012 05:31 PM #11
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi William, Gayle, Trey: Hopefully no more real collisions for anyone with the other drivers or the weather related stuff, but sometimes THINGS JUST HAPPEN. It is uncanny, and we have to deal with it.

Jan 26, 2012 04:38 AM #12
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I loved Benji Button and I like this post ..Things do happen for a  reason ..Karma? Perhaps or is it predestination

Jan 26, 2012 06:12 AM #13
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