Magic is described as an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. A coincidence, on one other hand, is really a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance.
How do you know if magic has occurred in your life, and it was not “one lucky day!” which favors the fortunate? Let me explain what happened in early April 2009, and perhaps you will realize why I am convinced a miracle occurred in the’wink of an eye.’
I was driving on a highway in the Dominican Republic at around nine in the evening. My boss, his business partner and I were going from the town of Santiago to Puerto Plata. If it is not raining, I may make the drive in an hour or so and a half at most. On this specific night there clearly was a consistent drizzle, and the windshield wipers on our rental car were worn-out and ineffective.
Probably the most exciting element of traveling to the Dominican Republic is individuals, and the elements is fabulous-when it is not raining, that’s! There is a consistent breeze from the ocean which permeates the entire island with the fragrance of exotic plants, ripe fruits, and flowers entirely bloom. Individuals are friendly and very cooperative.
We’d spent the entire day in Santo Domingo, and we were on our way home. I stopped in Santiago for gas and coffee. I was ready for the next leg of driving, and night had set in. If you are on the open highway, visibility is minimal. If your rental car has poor headlights and worn-out windshield wipers, like ours had, you may get into serious trouble. Since the start of the long drive from Santo Domingo earlier in the evening, I also had to help keep tight control of the vehicle for it’d a tendency to veer to the left-meaning, the vehicle was also out of alignment to add to my misery.
The main highways in the Dominican Republic can be ample, and with at least two lanes one of the ways, and two going one other way with lots of mid-center guard protection. One great asset to throw-in may be the wide shoulders on both sides of the street for emergencies. However, this can be a biggest and most dangerous factor to consider when driving in the Dominican Republic: many cars and motorcycles drive at night with minimal or no lights at all. These vehicles are so old and worn-out that they only don’t have any lights left to show on. But there they are getting at fifteen to twenty miles an hour or so and on the fast lane, nonetheless, and at all hours of your day and night acim on youtube. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the driver with an excellent vehicle and a good group of headlights to prevent crashing into them, or most likely get everyone hurt in the process.
When I visit the Dominican Republic, I help a buddy of mine with the repairs of his cargo ship which has been there since last October. I drive very carefully considering all of the obstacles that’ll come through to you suddenly, e.g., stray animals, people crossing the highway, slow cars and motorcycles, bicycles, huge potholes, and more. On this specific evening, I was tired and exhausted from driving throughout Santo Domingo searching for repair parts for the ship, and the countless conversations I’d to translate from Spanish to English, and back again to Spanish for my friend and his business partner who are owners of the cargo ship.
What happened this night, I will always remember! Driving on a four-lane portion of highway between Santiago and Puerto Plata, and only a few miles out from the city, I kept my lights high for better visibility. Each time a car came on the contrary lanes, I would drop the lights. After a few minutes of raising and dropping the lights I recently left the lights in the lower position. I maintained the lights this way for about ten minutes, and I was driving on what we call’the fast lane’- that’s the lane closest to the median. At the very least in the U.S. we call it that, in the Dominican Republic it is the lane that anyone can use, and at any speed they wish to go day and night. Apparently, there’s a distinction between fast and slow lanes there, but when there is, probably nobody really cares, as was the case this evening.