Found In Translation
By Alan Graham
When I wrote my first book I Remember Jim Morrison, my fervent wish was to see it published in the French language, but try as I did I could not find a publisher nor could I even find a translator who was willing to take on the task.
Then by some miraculous alignment of the stars and fate, I received three nice e-mails for my book from three women in three different parts of the globe. All of the e-mails said almost precisely the same thing — the book was the very best one they had ever read on the subject of Jim Morrison.
The first was a journalist from Sweden. Her name is Helena Krantz and she writes for the Goteborgs Fria. I made contact with her to thank her for the kind remarks, and she told me that she had read many books about Jim, had seen the movie, and still felt that there was something vitally missing about the real person until she read my book.
I asked would she write a short review. She did so immediately, and it was impressive. As an afterthought, I asked her if she knew of anyone who would be interested in translating the book into Swedish, and without a seconds hesitation she replied, of course I do. I would love to do it.
A few weeks later, received an identical e-mail from a woman in France, and then to my utter surprise another one from Mexico City. All three women are of the same approximate age, all are professionals. The woman in France, Emilie Thiry-Bourg, is a psychologist. In Mexico, it is Maria Teresa Gomez, she has a Dentist degree (Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara – UAG; and another in Hotel Administration (Centro de Estudios Superiores de San Angel – CESSA).
The coincidences are remarkable, and the timing is incredible. Mathematically speaking, this cluster of activity in the same place at the same moment in time is nothing short of miraculous.
Throughout my adult life, I have read and heard of the power of synergy and synchronicity, but I have never seen them so profoundly displayed as in this awesome equation in my own life.
[New Latin synergismus, from Greek sunergos, working together : sun-, syn- + ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots.]
1. The state or fact of being synchronous or simultaneous; synchronism.
2. Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related, conceived in Jungian theory as an explanatory principle on the same order as causality.