Joy is not in things; it is in us.

~ Richard Wagner ~

Why Be Surprised?

August 23rd, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 23 secs

Happily surprised.

Happily surprised.

It’s too easy. To take everything for granted, I mean. In that state it’s hard to be impressed by anything. Which is why it’s good to keep an eye out for surprises.

How easily do we fall into the habit of “top that”? When everything has to be better, cleverer, or more splendid, life becomes too ho-hum. Whereas, appreciation and lower expectations reward us with prizes of surprise and delight.

I don’t mean we ought to be forcing ourselves to look wide-eyed at everything with fake excitement. No. What I propose is taking a fresh look around at things commonplace, and opening our awareness to their utility and perhaps their beauty.

A simple appreciation of what we have works wonders for a jaded heart. Contrary to popular belief, happiness and delight are not to be found over the far horizon but in the here and now with life in the now, such as it is.

Instead of what is wrong, it’s time to find what is right and be open to surprise in our day-to-day affairs. Putting aside any frustrations and inadequacies the fact that you are here, now (literate, capable, intelligent, and brimming with potential) is wonderful.

Beauty is where we find it and that hints at the power you and I have to unleash goodness (both in our life and for those we know). Our remarkable ability to appreciate surely is surprising. Yet, few of us think much about it.

Life is amazing. Though we can be over weary of all its mundane parts, living offers us the potential to find renewed satisfaction in the richness (and challenges) of relationships, our own abilities, and the endless marvels of nature.

To choose to wonder and be a little bit surprised by familiar experiences is to allow your self to discover them once again and take pleasure in the privileges we’ve been given.

In our openness and surprise life feels sweeter. For it is in discerning that we learn how to deeply live.



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