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This thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.
-- Mary Pickford
 

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Invite surprise

Life can become very predictable, yet it never has to be. Just a little bit beneath the familiar surface is magical surprise.

Look at what you’ve always looked at and see something you’ve never seen. Notice a detail you’ve never examined, and let it start you on a path to more.

It’s nice when life behaves as expected. But when that goes on too long you become sealed off from the wonder, the joy, the exhilaration of new discovery.

In your childhood, you made many more discoveries in a single day than you have in the last month as an adult. Make it your goal to reduce that imbalance.

Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, go where you will encounter what you have not experienced before. Open yourself up, set yourself up, for more surprises in your life.

Get yourself in the habit of going beyond your routine habits. Invite genuine surprise into your life, and its magic will enchant you in ways you never could have imagined.

— Ralph Marston

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