“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” Ashley Montagu
According to some believers, the world will meet its Maker on May 21st or by default on October 21st; some of us believe it and others don’t. I don’t. Life is to be enjoyed… and planet earth is not imploding anytime soon. We live on an incredibly fascinating planet that churns out all sorts of events daily; some of them we expect (like the weather), and others we don’t; like some of the upheavals around the world of late. Even with our crop of psychics and seers, and others who claim to know the future, one thing is certain; that life is full of surprises and some are wonderful while others are horrible.
Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like surprises. I admire people who get proposed to on national TV and such, but I’m not game for surprise parties or special little surprises… I’ve had my share of surprises, good and bad, and they are part of life. The good ones make us happy and we cherish and revisit them. The bad ones we either block out of our minds or hold close to our chests with pain. When I read the recent Daily Post prompt: describe a time you were truly surprised, I decided to share a couple of good ones I’ve had over the years.
“The road of life can only reveal itself as it is traveled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man’s future is hidden.” Anon
Some years ago, when I was still teaching, one group of students in an English Literature class decided to surprise me with a Thank you & Birthday party as a way to show their appreciation for the help they received in preparation for a big exam. It was the end of the semester and, as usual, I was expecting us to have a small in-class celebration with food and treats. Everyone came in with wrapped gifts, a lot of food, and a huge cake which was odd to me because our parties were usually small. Then a class leader emerged and announced the surprise. I was quite taken aback by their kindness, and there were tears and laughter all around… It remains a great memory. What about you?
“Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.” Julia Cameron
“When you look into my eyes
And you see the crazy gypsy in my soul
It always comes as a surprise
When I feel my withered roots begin to grow
Well I never had a place that I could call my very own
That’s all right, my love, ’cause you’re my home”
Lyrics by Billy Joel
Another surprise was when I received my first special Valentine’s Day flowers … When I was in High School, many moons ago, I had lots of friends and whenever we had a school break/vacation, I’d travel to London and spend fun times with my friends going to parties. Since I attended an all girls boarding school, we only got to party with boys during these breaks or on special school events. On one trip home, I was introduced to a tall, handsome fellow and even though I was not interested in dating him, I liked his sense of humor and we became good friends. He would call me at school, from time to time, and send the occasional friendly card, and when I was in town, we would hang out with other friends, male and female, and attend parties.
One Valentine’s Day, I received a huge surprise when one of the school mistresses/head teachers called me into the common room to pick up a gift. I wasn’t expecting anything because I didn’t have a boyfriend and the guy I mentioned earlier was just a good friend. When I got to the common room, I saw a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the table; they were waiting for me. The flowers were gorgeous red roses with sprays of baby’s breath and beautifully displayed in a vase. There was a card attached and a sweet message but no name. Immediately, I assumed it was from tall and handsome and, later that day, when he called I thanked him profusely for the flowers. He was quite baffled because… they were not from him! I never found out who sent me the flowers but they were definitely a fantastic surprise. What are your thoughts? What surprises have you had in life? If you had to pick 1 or 2 to share what would they be? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from our Daily Post: Describe the last time you were truly surprised.
Positive Motivation Tip: Life is full of Surprises; some good and some bad… Enjoy the good moments and forgive the bad.
* By the way, this distraction free writing mode is cool. I like it!
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