I have loved the saying and the belief of "Six Degrees of Separation." The theory being that we are only separated from anyone in the world by FIVE other people. This notion drives some people crazy, because they are trying So hard to find those FIVE people or believe it won't happen to them.
Several studies have actually been done on this theory including an Internet study that bears out this theory. And if you believe "It's a small world," the saying came from this theory. I have always believed that there are NO coincidences in life; you meet the people you are supposed to meet for a reason, you get the jobs you are supposed to get, you learn the experiences you need to learn (often with resistance until it gets through to you!).
I saw this example of Six Degrees in my daughter's life last year and sometimes it's magical. My daughter and I have always been "Oprah" fans. We find her shows uplifting and try our best to do things like "Pay if Forward" and help those less fortunate. My daughter, Laura, had been away at college for some time and while mostly enjoying it, she hadn't made any very special friends that were like her. She just wasn't as "in sync" with the people she was meeting but I kept encouraging her that her time would come.
She finally made a VERY good friend who she got along SO well with and truly enjoyed each other's company and loved to do the same things. A lovely girl named Araba who my daughter brought home with her on of her breaks from school. To be honest, I was as taken with this lovely girl as my daughter was....she was outgoing, fun, sweet and thoughtful and was too, at such a relatively young age, so in tune with the beliefs of "The Secret" (which of course wasn't out yet) that she and my daughter became fast friends.
She had told my daughter she wanted to visit her Aunt and asked Laura and two other friends if they wanted to go. Laura and she were in school in New Paltz and her Aunt lived in the city. The four of them headed off one beautiful afternoon to go to New York City; when they got there, two of the others said it was too nice out to spend the day inside and decided not to visit with Araba's Aunt. So she and Laura went alone.....
I think the thing that first caught my daughter (being an art student) were the colors that greeted her as the front door opened on the Upper East Side to this magnificent apartment. Before she had a chance to get over that, she realized who Araba's Aunt WAS---it was Maya Angelou. Laura said she had never felt such a presence before and had no idea that her good friends Aunt was anyone she might have known or heard of. She had lunch there and Ms. Angelou spoke of the value of friendship, of being kind to each other despite differences in thoughts or feelings, on learning to live without judgement against another for any reason. It was not only a good lesson for Laura to hear, it would have been a wonderful lesson for EVERYONE to hear! She then signed a copy of one of her books dedicated to my daughter and they eventually left.
The apartment, just as a side note, was five stories high and had an elevator. It also had the most vibrant colors Laura has EVER seen. I think it was the only question she was able to get out and Ms. Angelou replied that she LOVED the colors of fruit and had wanted her apartment to incorporate many different colors so she could be surrounded by what she loved. I wished I could have seen it...but who knows? We are all only Six Degrees.....from the job we want, that person we'd like to meet, the things we want to attract to us. That's not very many people, is it? It's a small world, after all and you may be closer to your dream then you're even realizing.