Over the weekend, I had a text message exchange with a close friend. We were reminiscing about working together. He said, “yeah those were good times, weren’t they?”
In a moment of poetic inspiration, I replied: “It’s not over — the threads will retie at some point.”
This text message triggered both of us to go back and forth and ask ourselves three rare questions that I’m willing to bet you may not have contemplated before — or at least not thought about in too much detail.
Question #1: Is time a circle and will we meet again?
My friend told me this question is part of ancient philosophy. When I told him that the threads would retie again at some point, he was reminded of this question. It’s such a rare question and I think about it daily.
Every person you meet will probably show up again at some point.
A guy that used to threaten me in school and act violently towards me walked past me the other day for a split second.
A woman I yelled at in the car park when I got my drivers license more than a decade ago showed up again earlier in the year in exactly the same car park. Was that a lesson or a reminder? This incident caused me to see just how different I am since that encounter. Back then I was very angry. Now a lot of that anger has passed.
A person who used to own the music shop I brought all my instruments from in 2008 walked past my apartment today with this dog. He stopped and looked at me strangely and then kept walking.
A prospective client I’m chasing who won’t answer my calls, messages, or emails walked past me in the lobby today. I tried to get his attention and he kept walking because he was on a phone call. I thought the opportunity was over until I walked towards the male toilets based on a gut feeling. As I walked through the door, the prospective client almost walked straight into me. He too stopped and looked at me strangely for a second while on the same phone call like we had met before even though we have never met and he holds the…