Isn't it funny how you notice things? Say that you get a new car or a dog and then you look around and suddenly "everybody" is driving that kind of car or has that type of dog. It really isn't that you have become this hip trendsetter that seemingly everyone is trying to imitate, no it's more that you become more aware of something when it becomes a part of you.
I have been having this type of scenario the past few years. Things come into my awareness; and people and events seem to intermingle into my life with a subtlety resembling a bull in a china store. It started off slow at first with a book that someone gives you to read: starting a small flame on something that you really can't quite put your finger on but you know you want to experience more. Then some new people become your friends and you have discussions previously thought of as off limits - religion and politics come to mind and you begin processing information and looking at your perspective in a whole new light. It's quite amazing to think the snowballing effect these seemingly unrelated events have on ones life until you start to put things together...for me it had taken some time.
There has been a distinct alignment of people who are being put in my life that have access\influence to projects and causes that I'm interested in working on. How does that happen? You start thinking about what you might do if... and then all of a sudden you meet someone and they directly are involved in that same project or they know someone who you can talk to. I was talking to a friend a while back about a project I had been interested in but didn't know how to go about moving forward on it: BAM - they knew someone close by who was working in this field. So people who help shape my life are being introduced just by asking. I think the better answer is that I'm opening up more with conversations and "talking" to people instead of the usual, blah-blah-blah. If you take the time to really invest in some good conversations you never know what you're going to get in return. Women are probably much better at this relationship thing with each other - men, we tend to worry more about the hunter\gatherer type of needs rather than how each of us "feel". That's probably a genetics thing...another time for that maybe.