When I look at the whole picture of my life, I have no doubt that I am on the right side of the luck line.\nBut in every segment of life, there have been as many clouds as rainbows. So I am probably as unlucky / lucky as the next person.\nAnd I have never won a single lottery or found a bag of a million dollars that no one came to claim!!\u00a0\u00a0 [sad but true]\nSo when serendipity smiles on me for no reason at all \u2026 I am incredulous and overwhelmed.\nAnd on this trip to Indonesia, I was so favored by the Goddess of Luck that I almost began singing \u2018Somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good\u2019 [from the film \u2018Sound of Music\u2019] right in the middle of the Bali village street!\nSo all this happened over 3 days\n\nSaw a wedding procession in Lombok and saw a ceremonial ritual in Bali. For a culture-junkie this is an extraordinary jewel \u2013 and not one that can be arranged artificially.\n\u00a0Went to Kamasan village not quite knowing what to look for\u2026 and just by chance walked into the house of the greatest living Kamasan artist. The 75+ year old master welcomed me in and we spent a whole afternoon chatting through the translator. More about this in a separate note. All the art-masters I have met earlier and this old Balinese man are so similar that it felt like I knew him forever! And to think that I cluelessly went to the village without any directed effort to meet him and then was blessed with the chance to meet him by chance and chance alone\u2026.!! Could kick myself because I know now what it is that I would have missed had serendipity not arranged this meeting.\nOn the day before arriving into Bali, I booked the hotel from an online site. My primary criteria of being \u2018close to the city\u2019 was met, the pictures of the room looked decent, it was affordable\u00a0 and so without deeper analysis I clicked & booked. AND it turned out to be a part of the palace complex \u2026 with its own Balinese dance show, its own major temple etc etc etc. The experience of the entire time on the island of Bali was fantastic but the stay at this place was sublime. This was once again a gift of chance.\n\nAnd so \u2013 I bow in gratitude at these fantastic jewels received\nSuch gifts are the treasures of life!\n\nAn exhibit at the Mataram Museum, Lombok\n\nWhat a great way to end the year!\n\u00a0\nBack to Indonesian Archipelago Diaries\njm\nDec 2015\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Jewels of Serendipity appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.