Serendipitous Moments that Have Shaped My Life

Call it Synchronicity or Serendipity — chance events can be magical and meaningful.

Claire Duende
6 min readMay 21, 2022


A woman reaching to the heavens
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Even if you shrug off synchronistic events as just chance, at some stage in our lives, most of us will experience serendipitous moments that leave us dumbfounded. Is the event pure coincidence or is the universe trying to tell us something? Should we listen, change direction, or merely tune into our senses to discover what, deep down, we really want?

As children, we embrace the magic and wonder of the world, but as we age, most of us cast our fantasies aside to live a real existence. How sad, and how wrong. The magic is still there. We just need to open ourselves up to it.

Here are some tales from my own life that are too meaningful to be mere coincidences. They’ve guided me and consoled me, as well as bringing more love into my life.


My son often says that his existence hinges on one leaf. Not because he misinterpreted his biology lessons, but due to my tale about the early days with his father.

I had met my now-husband at a tricky time in his life when he was still smarting from the break-up of his first marriage. Ours was a ‘rebound relationship’ with all the baggage and heartache that comes along the way.

One day, when walking on my own in a meadow, I felt I had reached the end of my tether. I stopped and spoke out loud to the summer air.

‘Give me a sign. If I find a four-leaf clover, I’ll give things another shot. If not, I’ll cut it now.’

I took one step and looked down. Nothing. I took another step and looked down and there, nestling by my left foot, was a perfectly formed four-leaf clover. The entire process took less than 30 seconds.

Apparently, there’s only a one in 10,000 chance of finding a four-leaf clover, but up until that morning I’d never ever found one. I heeded the sign and ploughed on with the relationship. It wasn’t all plain sailing though, and it would take one more serendipitous moment before we committed to being lifelong partners.




Claire Duende

English writer, designer and entrepreneur. Editor of The Mature Life.