This weekend I was thinking about the topic of surprise as I was working on my newsletters. Some of us are good with surprises but others of us hate them. I’m kind of in the middle, I like having and knowing plans and things, but at the same time it can be fun to get a surprise free gift with an order or be surprised by what a restaurant has for specials that day. If we really think about it just about every day has at least one surprise in it, there’s almost no way we can fully predict our day from start to finish. Sometimes those surprises are good, and other times they’re challenges to us or become obstacles in our days.
One of my favorite surprises to have in my life are kids and animals. Both can bring some pretty crazy antics to the table, and while they do have some predictability, you never really know what they’re going to say or how they’re going to play or the things they’ll get into. I think having these types of simple but active and life-affirming surprises in our lives are an important aspect of keeping us young, adventurous, curious and healthy.
Getting old is a fact of life, but just because our age says we’re older, it doesn’t mean that we have to feel and look older. There are some very active senior citizens in the world who experience more joy and freedom in their lives than adults do because they’ve got things going on in their lives that keep them active physically, but just as important, and maybe more importantly, keep them active mentally.
When was the last time you let a little surprise into your life? I know it can be challenging, especially for the control freaks out there to let go and let a surprise into their life, but there comes a time in all our lives that things are out of our control, no matter how hard we try or what we do. So I encourage you to open yourself up to a little down time each day to let things happen as they will. You may find that they’re the best and most rewarding moments of your day.