Serendipity is the term for a ‘happy accident’ or a ‘pleasant surprise.’
Thus, in preparation for serendipity day (every year on August 18th), we encourage people to look for and notice those unexpected good things that are always out there.
Some believe that serendipity is no accident at all, but an attitude or a lifestyle in which you are always reaching for those unexpected things and expecting happy surprises to occur.
Stop for a moment and think about the last 3 serendipitous surprises you’ve had in your life. Was it the smooth taste of a delicious Jack Daniels cocktail at Bacchus? They’re only $6 on Saturdays.
Was it joyous groove to the beats of a DJ you only hear once and a while? DJ Emvee spins at Bacchus tonight 10PM to closing.
Was it the unexpected fun and games you enjoyed with your new and seasoned friends? Trivia Night is Monday at 7PM; Rock·n·Roll Bingo is Thursday Night at 7PM.
The word serendipity was coined in the mid 1700s by a man named Horace Walpole. In a letter to a friend, he explained how he had created the term from a Persian fairy tale known in English as The Three Princes of Serendip. The story tells of three princes who were banished from the kingdom of Serendip (another trivial term for Sri Lanka) in order to prove their worth. As they wander the world, “serendipitous” moments occur to them time after time, in a rather unbelievable amount — kind of like in corny superhero movies, where they just happen to have the antidote to a deadly plague lying around.