Wake Up Call! – Sweet Surprises


Life’s unexpected challenges usually offer sweet surprises.

A friend and I were reminiscing about our shared experience as adolescents who experienced long periods of hospitalization. We knew only too well the pain and dislocation of those times in our lives. We smiled at each other when I said, “Would you write a different script if you could?”

We had each made a choice to be aware of the sweet surprises and blessings that emerged from our experience.

We spoke about what we’d learned from being physically dependent on others, from being brought face to face with not being invincible and from the surprising people who had encouraged us along the way.

The sweetest surprise was named by Jasmine when she said, “It was like a crash course in empathy and what it means to be vulnerable.” We wondered what blessings might yet be revealed from unexpected challenges.


  • What unexpected challenges have shaped your story?
  • How have the sweet surprises been a blessing to your life?

Notice how your empathy and vulnerability affect your experience of life today.

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Written by Robert Taylor