It’s a great word, rolls off the tongue.
noun: serendipity; plural noun: serendipities
the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
If it happens to you, you might call it Karma, Good Luck or even Life Favors the Prepared. When it happens to someone else you might call it a Fluke, Dumb Luck, Miracle or Winning the Lottery.
Certainly, preparation and hard work put you in the position to be lucky. Showing up is half of the battle. No one ever won the lottery by declining to play. Also, having a great attitude is an ingredient in serendipity, not an outcome of it.
The thing is, we don’t really know any alternative to our lives. Maybe the thing you think is good actually will turn out bad. The reality is that life is full of good and bad choices all mixed together. It all depends on how you look at it. Opportunities to succeed might be disguised as opportunities to fail and vice-versa.
We are faced each day with choices and hopefully those choices lead towards outcomes filled more with interest, passion and happiness and less with danger, fear and frustration. Look for the good parts of your day and you might find you have more serendipity than you thought.
Words are all we have. Serendipity is a good one.