Welcome to the Serendipity SIG. ~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ This Special Interest Group has been created to let you tell the world about the good things going on in your life. Did an old friend phone you out of the blue? Tell us about it. Did you clean up the papers on your desk that had been piling up for far too long? Pat yourself on the back here. Did you get a new job? Let us rejoice with you. It's strange, but true, that when people acknowledge the good things in their lives, they tend to attract more good things. There are two phases to this magical tendency: Blow off steam about whatever irks you (the Peeve SIG is good for that), and then thank the Universe for all the blessings it sends you -- and here's where the Serendipity SIG comes in. Somehow or other, that dual act works wonders. The more optimistic you are, the more you have to be optimistic about. A little history. ~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ Long, long ago on a Freenet not so far away, there was a Peeve SIG. The Peeve SIG was used by lots and lots of people to vent their frustrations. Whenever anything annoying happened, people could write about it, blow off steam, and maybe get a little helpful advice or sympathy. That SIG worked so well that a suggestion was made that there be an anti-peeve SIG too. I (Mia Shinbrot) came up with the name "Serendipity SIG" and volunteered to facilitate it, but being a natural-born procrastinator, I did nothing about it until TheDelser, aka Adele Warner, jump-started me by producing her own first draft of the Serendipity SIG. That first draft has since been greatly modified, but I am still grateful to her for giving me the impetus to get off my tail and get going. Credit is also due to Stephanie Spyksma, who made the original suggestion for an anti-peeve SIG, and who has since become a facilitator of our very own Serendipity SIG. Meaning of the word. ~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~~~ The word "serendipity" is defined in Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary as follows: "serendipity [from its possession by the heroes of the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip] (1754) : the faculty of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for." Or, from the Random House Webster's Dictionary, "an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident." And now we can encourage serendipity in our own lives by reading and posting in the Victoria Freenet's Serendipity SIG.