Five Minute Friday — Surprise

I was going to surprise everyone and actually post my Five Minute Friday on Friday. But, alas and alack, my day sort of got away from me with some unexpected surprises, so you’re stuck with me again on Saturday.

As I’ve stated numerous times, I am always pleasantly surprised with the work my fellow writers turn out for this very special exercise. We meet at Kate’s place ( and greet and cheer each other through the link up. It’s a special place … and always filled with surprises.

Hmm. I’ve used the word “surprise” quite a bit in those two paragraphs. SURPRISE. That’s this week’s prompt! The timer is set for five minutes so, let’s GO

We’ve all experienced surprise. Sometimes it’s a disruption to our plans. Other times, it’s a pleasant diversion.

Surprise, of course, is something that happens that is completely unexpected. But as I think a little deeper, I think surprise should really be the norm. Life is a surprise — sometimes good, sometimes bad. We have no idea what our steps will look like from one day to the next, one hour to the next, one minute to the next. We like to think we do, but often serendipity or quirks surprise us. We head in one direction and … in the blink of an eye … we’re heading down a different path. It’s neither good, nor bad. It just requires an adjustment.

I’ve learned to live each moment as best I can … simply because we don’t know what the next moment will be. I’m not surprised by surprises anymore. When I was younger, I might have dwelled on the abrupt revisions to my plans more — or enjoyed them more. But now, I realize surprises are a part af life. I might just as … STOP

… enjoy them or learn from them or, at the very least, accept them and know tomorrow is a new day … with new challenges … with new expectations … with new surprises.

I often chuckle at my regimented friends and those self-help gurus who insist the only way to live is to have a “plan.” I don’t scoff at the idea — you have to sort of know the direction you’re hoping to travel. And it takes a lot of commitment to reach your goal. I profess, however, there is a huge difference between a goal and a regimented plan. I tend to adjust to circumstances rather than get frustrated because my plans have been altered.

And I keep coming back to that old saw … If you want to make God smile, tell Him your plans. In my lifetime, I’ve kept God in hysterics.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Smile — you do NOT own all of the problems of the world. A smile can brighten the darkest day and make life more beautiful. It is a potential curve to turn life around and set everything straight.

About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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2 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Surprise

  1. KellyRBaker says:

    Yes, I agree. It’s wisdom to have a plan, but flexibility is the fluid that keeps it flowing. (FMF #93)


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