“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” ~ Boris Pasternak
Life is full of unexpected events some make us happy, while others bring a sense of sadness, like the unexpected passing of a family member or loved one. When I’m having a rough day, I try to focus on the happy unexpected events in my life; getting a call from an old friend, the return of the hummingbirds in May, or finding a ten dollar bill tucked away in the unused compartment of my wallet.
Last weekend we had an unexpected event in Charlotte, North Carolina…snow. If the storm had arrived during the week, it would have been an unhappy event. It would have meant commuting to work in dangerous conditions and walking through the streets of downtown praying I won’t slip and fall. But, in perfect timing, it arrived Saturday evening when we were home safe and cozy.
It began as huge down feathers dropping from the sky, melting on contact with the ground. Within minutes, it became a wall of white. It was a blizzard! Okay, not really a blizzard, it only lasted about 45 minutes, but had it continued, the snow deprived children of Charlotte would have been thrilled. Unfortunately, the 2-3 inches of snow that sculptured a beautiful scene melted by noon the next day. That’s life in the South, I suppose.
Watching the snow, feeling like a young child hoping to hear schools are closed, my emotions had changed in an instant. I had gone from quietly watching the local news, feeling sadness in my heart from the stories, to running from window to window and peeking out the door. At that moment, my beliefs were reinforced, that no matter how many unhappy events come around in my life, I will continue to believe that the unexpected jolt of happiness and surprise is right around the corner. This belief has always gotten me through the difficult times and will continue to do so in the future.