For example, saying "I wish I could pet a dog right now", then a person walking their dog comes around to corner.
Is there a word for this outside the realm of faith aside from calling it a wish coming true?
serendipity could work (or serendipitous as a modifier)
It was serendipity that a dog appeared moments after I thought I'd enjoy giving one a good head-scratch.
The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
‘a fortunate stroke of serendipity’
Origin 1754: coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of’.
You could say that it's fortuitous:
- occurring by chance
- a : fortunate, lucky
b : coming or happening by a lucky chance
Specifically definition 2b seems to fit here.
If such an action is not deemed to be by chance, luck or coincidence, turning to providential Cambridge and its many interpretations is popular.
occurring at a favorable time; opportune; happening exactly when needed but without being planned
No way man. that was err ... providential!
I like use of the word "happenstance" for something happening fortuitously. It might imply that the "something" that happened by chance was previously thought about - a portmanteau of happen and circumstance.
You could say that it is a fluke.
a stroke of good luck: I got the job by a fluke.
a chance happening; accident.
an accidentally successful stroke, as in billiards.
By some fluke, my son wandered into the office where I had gone to call 911. What a lucky coincidence.
Last answerer doesn't seem to realize that he answered the question perfectly: "fulfillment" (as of a wish). I think that this is the only appropriate word. In German it's "Erfuellung", and more in common useage.
You could further qualify "coincidence" based on the context of your initial wish as a "happy coincidence." Though I prefer "serendipitous" as it doesn't seem to suggest any relationship (tenuous, implicit or explicit) between the wish and the fulfillment of the wish.
It’s known as ‘manifestation’ or ‘manifesting an intention’. It is part of ‘The Law of Attraction’ which was popularised in the book/film The Secret.
It’s a vital and underused skill. It isn’t luck - although you may be lucky- to know how to use it!
The principle is:
Note: your intention must be in the present ‘I now love myself’ not ‘I need to find out what is wrong with me to have love’. (The latter creates only - process - no results).
Not ‘I want to pet a dog’ (‘wanting’ is not ‘having’) but ‘wow! I looove this feeling of petting a dog! It is the feeeeling that makes it happen. You must feel it. Emotionallly. Because feeling is the language that the Universe understands.
Example. I awoke one morning, thought with enthusiasm ‘it would be great to have a pink scoopy!’ Half an hour later the guy who normally rents me my car showed up and yelled up to my window ‘hey Jeli! I’ve got a new pink scoopy scooter to rent - d’you want it?!
I was like - yeaaahhh!!!
Another time, I was in Oxford St. at Christmas - busy, thirsty- no cafes - I thought I’d looove a really fresh tasty juice’ really feeling the taste in my mouth - and immediately a lovely juice in a bottle was whacked into my hand! Delicious fresh from a promo juice van that I hadnt noticed! Wonderfully fresh cold orange and blackcurrant! Free as well!
Here’s an article about it (look up ‘manifestation’ to see many more):
And here’s my own song, explaining how to do it in ‘The Law of Attraction’, here:
How about a self-fulfilling prophecy? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-fulfilling_prophecy
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