Story and Why
Gift of Surprises
by Tom Gilbert - © 2005
can come in many new and unexpected ways. The very nature of a surprise
can result in sudden realizations that things are not always the way
Routines are a natural way of living. We need organization and
structure to keep us from aimlessly wandering. However, the pitfall is
that our routines can become ruts. As a friend of mine is fond of
saying, “I don’t just get in a rut…I
move in and furnish it!” The surprises in our lives have a
way of jarring us from this false reality and opening us up to new
Some surprises are occasions of joy. Think about the times you've
received a letter or phone call from a long lost friend. Somehow the
time that has passed melts away with the sound of their voice or the
thoughts from their pen.
A surprise can also be a shock. It’s not always a pleasant
experience. News of health problems, tragic events, financial
challenges or the heartbreaking loss of a loved one may surprise us.
These unwelcome surprises may force you to face some personal demons.
The knowledge that you are not in control of your life, that death is
real and comes to everyone, and that no matter how well you plan things
are not going to turn out the way you want it are often bitter pills to
The good news is that
surprises, either pleasant or otherwise, are necessary for our
Cultivating surprise in your life can have many positive benefits.
Surprise can bring about discovery and a new way of seeing. The new
thinking, ideas, vision, goals and plans that come from simply
“suiting up and showing up” for daily living have
led to many powerful “ah-ha” moments in my life.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of living with an expectation of - even a
hope for - surprises is the renewed sense of wonder that comes from
being truly open to change. Don’t fear surprise. It is a
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