“Eucatastrophes are sudden, unexpected, but perfectly logical-in-hindsight explosions of good.”–Author unknown.
There’s a word for it: Eucatastrophe. Though it’s not the prettiest word to say or look at, I love the concept. According to Wikipedia here’s where it comes from and what it means:
Eucatastrophe is a term coined by J. R. R. Tolkien which refers to the sudden turn of events at the end of a story which ensure that the protagonist does not meet some terrible, impending, and very plausible doom. He formed the word by affixing the Greek prefix eu, meaning good, to catastrophe, the word traditionally used in classically-inspired literary criticism to refer to the “unraveling” or conclusion of a drama’s plot. –Wikipedia
I think after navigating so many rancorous and divisive months over who would become our next president here in the US, we could use a big showering of good! Don’t you think?
My deepest wish for us all is…
- That we experience seamless revealings and showerings of divine goodness.
- That synchronicities abound – helping us feel that we’re in the right place at the right time all the time, and that all is right with the world.
- That our deepest dreams and desires be realized in delightful, unexpected, and recognizable ways.
- That all of the above helps us remember who we really are.
Yes, that is what I wish for.
And how do we “install” the good? Joan Borysenko offers some practical tips in her most recent blog post:
How to install the good? First, we have to pay attention to it. There are countless moments of goodness throughout the day. A sunset, a smile, a pet who greets you at the door with kisses… Simply paying attention to these moments by sensing them fully for at least 10 seconds, actually changes the brain, which is constantly remodeling to adapt to the environment. This may sound simplistic, but neuroscience indicates that it works…if you do it.
If you could use a little joyful jumpstart, you’re welcome to borrow some of my favorites. These three (links) do it for me every time (still):
What is one thing you could do today that would slice you wide open with exuberance… (and create a ripple effect of joy to all those around you)?
Photo: “Big Sky” by Stephanie Bennett Vogt