When I woke up this morning I got quite a surprise! As i slid my feet into my snug, warm slippers I felt something strange under my right foot. And when I removed my foot and shook the slipper… out fell a HUGE spider :-o
You can imagine my surprise! I’d like to say that I took it all in my stride and calmly removed it but No, I have to confess that I screamed and leapt right out of the way. Yet the thing is, I’m not actually afraid of spiders. It was more the shock of finding it there, so unexpectedly, that prompted my somewhat irrational reaction.
Last week, on the other hand, I was more pleasantly surprised when a friend I hadn’t seen in ages called me out of the blue and asked me to do some work with her company.
So surprises really do come in all shapes and sizes. The one thing they all have in common though is that they are always unexpected ;-)
Which is why I believe it’s good to expect the unexpected, or even better, remain open and allow the unexpected.
These days it seems that so many of us want to understand everything, predict everything, control everything and plan everything and are in danger of closing down our options and limiting ourselves. And this means….
· we leave no space for other possibilities
· we become closed to alternative views and perspectives
· we are no longer open to learning new things
· we lull ourselves into a false sense of security then go to pieces when things don’t turn out the way we want
· we lose our sense of peace and calm as we struggle to control the uncontrollable
So I wonder…….what wonderful surprises might today have in store? What can you do to make sure you that you notice them? And how surprised will you be when an opportunity comes along that’s, as good as, if not better than, you had ever imagined? ;-)
Are you willing to be surprised?
If so then you might like to try the following;
· Stay present and be aware of what’s happening around you
· Let go of needing to know, needing to control and needing to be certain
· Be open to receive and to being pleasantly surprised
· Above all….. be willing to have fun!
And remember, “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do” Henry Ford