Good for the Soul

Good for the Soul

MainStae blog contains motivational thoughts on how to live Good for the Soul

Surprise is Good for the Soul

Surprise is Good for the Soul!  So much of our life is pre-planned or scheduled days/weeks/months/years ahead.  We have found security and comfort in the knowing instead of embracing the unknown.  Lack of control over the future can sometimes scare us into worry, depression, and or anxiety. I often think about our ancestors and how much they didn’t know compared to how much we know today.  Remember when the world was thought of as flat? How exciting it must have been to discover that it was actually round!  Remember as a small child what it was like to be surprised by a gift, a day out, or even a letter addressed to you? Think about the events or trips that are planned.  When they don’t go as expected, often it causes  disappointment or sadness.  Now think of some of the days or events that unexpectedly happen for you.  Did they turn out to be some of your best days and memories? Often they are, because you didn’t have time to pre-plan, pre-think, pre-feel, or pre-expect anything.  Controlling your days and planning every minute of every day may bring you contentment for that moment or even a false sense of security.  Take a minute and think of all the joy and happiness you are depriving your soul by taking the element of surprise away. When you allow for surprises, your life unfolds for you and wonderful gifts bigger than you could ever dream for yourself show up.  Life can be a wonderful journey filled with exploration and excitement, if you allow it.  I challenge us all to take a minute and embrace the everyday surprises that we may see as inconveniences.  When we embrace the unknown our stress level decreases and our happiness increases.  Leave room in your life for the element of surprise!

“Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.”      

John Harvey-Jones