Surprises can spark a whole array of different emotions. Sometimes we find pleasure and love hidden in a surprise. Sometimes we’re speechless, shocked and dazed. Sometimes surprises leave us frustrated, frightened or upset. But surprises always keep us on our toes. Life would be insufferable and dull if we always knew what was going to happen. With surprises, we can’t become complacent. Whether we grab spontaneity by the hand or we stumble into an unexpected and perhaps undesirable situation, we can always embrace what is thrown at us. Surprises are blessings that life bestows on us. Surprises are life’s way of saying that life is meant to be lived.
There are so many amazing parts to each and every one of us. It may be our compassion and heart, it might be our passion and drive, it may be our knowledge and awareness, or something completely different and equally awesome. I believe that we should all endeavour to share these parts of ourselves. We should let those parts of us peek through the bleak grey clouds like strokes of sunshine. Let’s share our talents, our pleasures, and our visions like sunbeams. Those sunbeams we expose to the world may soak into other parts of the world that need that burst of light. Those sunbeams might reflect and disperse to multiple parts of the world at the same time. Then, even on dreary days, seeds of awesomeness will grow from what we’ve shared. And in those moments when it rains, our sunbeams will only help those seeds grow. We should plant and cultivate positivity, inspiration and happiness all over through sharing parts of ourselves, wherever we can, in whatever way we can, in whatever capacity we can. We can spread self-love and love to others everywhere, just through the simple act of being ourselves.
We all seek enjoyment out of life and we all find it in different ways.
Some of us find pleasure in the simpler parts of life that we have been blessed with: to love and to be loved, to be healthy and be able to get better, to have opportunities and to make opportunities. We may find satisfaction in the relationships we build over time and the ones we are favoured with from birth. We may find fulfilment from seeking a purpose in life and spreading that into our daily interactions and the way we live our life. Some of us find satisfaction in working, earning, striving, and being rewarded. We accomplish, we meet and exceed expectations, and we challenge ourselves. Some of us find satisfaction in objects: from pictures, from souvenirs, from things we buy and keep on show. Some of us find pleasure in the memories or in the thoughts and opinions of others. We may find joy in helping others find joy.
I don’t want to say that there is a right way to finding satisfaction in life, because there isn’t. But let’s try to be mindful about how much those ways actually satisfies us. Is it short term or long term? Does the satisfaction dissolve or solidify? Can you appreciate what you have or do you always need more? Which ways are going to stay with you? Which ways are sustainable? Which ones can you go back to over and over again? Those are the ones we should keep close.