When’s the last time you got a surprise from someone, or from life itself? And I do mean in the good kind. Can’t remember? Ready to change that? Well, then it’s time to invite some surprise into your life.
Because the truth is that often, for all our talk of wanting more of this or a different that, we tend to travel the same well-worn paths over and over. We “soldier on”, acting out habits that have grown stale. And those habits can include putting off casual daydreams—or rich fantasies—of adventure or change. Instead, we stay in our well-worn lanes.
We tend to travel the same well-worn
paths over and over, acting out habits
that may have grown stale.
Change may not be the most natural thing
Basically, we humans fear change. There’s often no real reason why not to make one. Besides our natural fears, it’s just that we’ve perhaps always lived the way we’re living. Or it’s how we’ve watched the folks around us “do life.” Besides, our routines are comforting, right? They work.
Or do they? Hmmm. Maybe the truth is somewhere between yes and no.
To welcome surprise into your life, get curious about the unknown. And about that part of you that may be waiting for its turn at bat, or on the dance floor, or out snorkeling. Or how about hiking Mount Kilimanjaro?
Move over, known. Time to mix things up!
Invite in the unknown
Take a different route to work. Make a point to notice things along the way. Say yes! when you usually say no, or instead of that famous decision-in-a-non-decision: we’ll see.
Sit quietly if you usually don’t. Head out for a walk without a purpose. Call a friend without anything on your mind to say. Wear something really different for you. Speak to someone very different from you on the subway instead of zoning out, or on that deadly dull commuter flight. Liven up the seemingly mundane by nothing other than your intent to mix things up.
Let the unknown call you out to play
Book that trip. Take that class. Ask for that raise! Stay determined to keep growing and changing. Try saying no to things, too. See and feel where different choices take you. And pay attention to whatever coincidences or unexpected opportunities pop up then. Because I guarantee they do, and they will.
After all, you deserve an amazing life with everything in it that you want most. So invite surprise in for surprising developments. And let me know how that goes!