Who Might Show Up At Your Door – Alan Cohen


I hope that you will think of me in moments when you’re happy and you’re smiling and that the thought will comfort you on cold and cloudy days if you are crying and that you’ll love to see the sun go down and the world go around and around.

– from “Around and Around” by John Denver

One day while I was staying at a remote retreat house on Maui, two fellows came to the door. One told me he stayed at the house the previous week, and he wanted to show his friend the view. He introduced himself as John and his friend as Ken. I showed them in; they walked around for ten minutes, thanks me, and left.

Later that day I was walking along a nearby country road when an Aerostar van pulled over and the driver asked if I wanted a ride. “John Denver here again,” he greeted me. “Thanks for showing us around your house this morning.”

I couldn’t believe I hadn’t recognized him earlier! I shook John’s hand and told him how much his music had meant to me over many years. He smiled and we shared a mount of connection. A year later I learned that John was killed in a plane crash. Now I am so glad I realized who he was. That moment of meeting and thanking John was precious to me, and continues to mean a great deal to me now.

In the midst of the business of daily life, you can find jewels and great treasures. Never underestimate the potential of any encounter or experience. It may be God reaching out to you, saying, “Here is your moment of opportunity.” Spirit shows up in surprising forms when we are open to receive its gift.

Are you open to the miraculous meetings that may occur during daily life?

I allow good people, events, and experiences to find me. I am ready and willing to receive miracles.


Alan Cohen, M.A., is the author of 24 popular inspirational books, including the best-selling The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the award-winningA Deep Breath of Life, and the classicAre You as Happy as Your Dog? He is a contributing writer for the New York Times #1 bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul, and his books have been translated into 24 foreign languages. His work has been featured on Oprah.com and in USA Today, The Washington Post and 101 Top Experts. Alan’s radio program Get Real is broadcast weekly on Hay House Radio, and his monthly column From the Heart is featured in magazines internationally.

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