Everyday synchronicities

Everyday synchronicities

by Lindsay on March 17, 2011

in 11:11, Synchronicity

Prague astronomical clock

Synchronicity is a fun topic and everyone has a story (or several) about ways in which synchronicity has shown up in their lives. The first story I can remember in my life is the evening I told my Mom (as we had our family dinner) that I was repeatedly seeing “5:55” on the clock. My Mom casually quipped that we should play that number in the lottery. That very night it was the winning number in the Pennsylvania Lottery. Did we play? Unfortunately, we didn’t. But if we had, we could’ve won some cash!

When synchronicity happens, we often overlook it or call it something else. We might say we “got lucky” or something came “out of the blue”. Synchronicity can be found in special circumstances, like when a loved one dies, a baby is born, or during a time in our lives where we are feeling vulnerable and down-trodden. Synchronicities also appear in our day-to-day lives.

Some examples:

  • You have a song running through your head and hop in the car to find it playing on the radio
  • You think of a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and find an email from them in your inbox the next day
  • You roam into a store on a lazy day, buy a book and this book changes your whole outlook on life (this one happened to me 3 years ago and I posted about it here)
  • You meet a friendly stranger as you walk down the street after taking a wrong turn and end up forming a friendship with this person
  • You overhear a conversation between strangers on the subway and feel like some of what is said is meant for your ears

The Red Balloon coincidence is one of my favorite stories of synchronicity. Mike Perry posted about it over at 67notout.com.


It seemed the obvious thing to do for a 10 year old. Laura Buxton was at her grandparent’s golden wedding anniversary and there was a helium filled balloon going spare. So she wrote on a label her address with the message ‘Please return to Laura Buxton’ and released the balloon to fly off in the sky. Laura was in Staffordshire, England.

Ten days passed and a farmer in Milton Lilbourne, Wiltshire pulled a balloon out of the hedge that separated his fields from his neighbour’s house.

He noticed the name of Laura Buxton. As this was the name of his neighbour’s daughter he handed over the balloon straight away, thinking it must belong to her. But this was a different Laura Buxton, though she was also ten years old, but she lived 140 miles away from the girl who had released the balloon.

Laura Buxton from Milton Lilbourne got out her pen and wrote to Laura Buxton in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. As this was such a coincidence their parents allowed them to meet up … and then it got a lot more of a bizarre coincidence.

The girls, both tall for their age, were the same height and both decided to wear pink sweaters and jeans for their first meeting. Their hair was brown and they both wore it in the same style … but there’s still more!

Both girls had three year old black Labrador Retrievers dogs and grey pet rabbits. They also had guinea pigs, which were the same color and even had the same orange markings on their hindquarters.

It was almost like these were identical girls, two halves brought together by a balloon.

This all happened in June 2001 but the girls are still friends as they feel the circumstances that brought them together are too significant to be written off as mere coincidence – and who can argue with this!

Pretty cool, right? Mike even posted an update on his page after hearing from one of the girls’ mothers.

If you’ve got a story of synchronicity to share – or examples that I haven’t thought of – share here!

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Lisa at Practically Intuitive March 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm

That story is so cool! I love it! Wowza. People love to toss these off as coincidences but really, how could something like that be *mere* coincidence??

Love it.

67 Not Out - Mike Perry March 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Many thanks for the link and mention. I’m still as facinated by synchronicity as I ever was. Once you start thinking about them, they seem to happen more often.

Best wishes,

Lindsay March 23, 2011 at 11:33 am

You’re welcome! I love all of the stories over at your site. Keep ’em coming!

Kara March 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Great story of the red balloon! I love coincidences! My latest experience will coincidences in my own life is that, lately that I’ll be reading a totally random word like “banana”, and then at the exact same moment I will hear the word “banana” on the radio. Or I will say “banana” and then one second later a “banana” will appear on TV. I’m not sure exactly what that is all about, but it is fascinating…


Todd | ChannelingMyself April 30, 2011 at 1:52 am

I’ve experienced these synchronicities for years. As a matter of fact, I got the 11:11 again tonight when I sat back down at my workstation here at work. I’ve visited Doreen Virtue’s site about numbers and I have to agree with what she says.

Lindsay April 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm

That's awesome. I love synchronicity stories! I have a couple of Doreen's books about number sequences and their meanings and they're very helpful.

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