Serendipity

Jonathan Traeger, prominent television producer for ESPN, died last night from complications of losing his soul mate and his fiancee. He was 35 years old.

Soft-spoken and obsessive, Traeger never looked the part of a hopeless romantic. But in the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden quasi-Jungian persona surfaced during the Agatha Christie-like pursuit for his long reputed soul mate, a woman whom he only spent a few precious hours with. Sadly, the protracted search ended late Saturday night in complete and utter failure.

Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Traeger secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences, uh-uh. But rather, it is a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Asked about the loss of his dear friend, Dean Kansky, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor of the New York Times, described Jonathan as a changed man in the last days of his life. “Things were clearer for him,” Kansky noted. “Ultimately Jonathan concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call “fatum”, and what we currently refer to as destiny.”

Remember…

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10 thoughts on “Serendipity

  1. I love that word “serendipity”. It almost sings, doesn’t it? One of the reasons I have it on my masthead. I did rent that movie once because of the name of course. I did like it and I’m sure it’s worth seeing again, for little moments like this one for example, which I don’t remember.

  2. I also love John Cusack, sadly I do remember this movie, it gave me a headache, except for the scenes with John Corbett’s character, Lars…
    “Well, the problem is you can’t fight off an army of blood-thirsty Vikings with a shenai, it’s illogical.”

  3. Some of the best things that have happened to me have been of the serendipitous kind.

    I liked this movie mainly due to the cameo appearances of my favorite book. Love in the Time of Cholera. Your write-up of it was ingenious.

  4. “…life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences, uh-uh. But rather, it is a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan.”

    I’ve waivered back and forth over my adult life about this idea. I think I’m sitting in the middle leaning slightly to the “sublime plan” side.

    hear my song below on the subject. hope this code works.

    [splashcast ZDTP9777CH]

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