Serendipity, a Gift of Life

Serendipity, a Gift of Life

Here is the story of the three Princes of Serendip

A long time ago, a King named Giaffer had three sons whose education he entrusted to the best tutors.

Once he found that they were excellent in virtue, sciences, and wisdom, he invited one after the other to accept to reign at his place as the King. But each one refused at his turn with modesty the crown.

Thus, the King sent them to find the magic formula of the death of the dragons.

Follow a long series of fortuitous events that they successfully used to show their wisdom, compassion, and support to others.

The story ends well. Tears of compassion they shed for poor villagers they met killed the dragons forever.

This story of three princes who are regularly making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things that they were not in quest of is an ancient Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip attributed to the Sufi poet Amir Khusrow (1253-1325).

A Key Takeway

Life makes you gifts while you walk your journey towards your vocation. You respond to them with the sagacity and the humility you have at the time of these gifts.

It requires maintaining an attitude of openness to and acceptance of what happens despite the goal you initially defined.

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Philippe Husser

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