Wake Up Call! – Welcome the Unexpected!


To welcome the unexpected is to be present to life right now.

I was recently on a mission to find a toaster in one of those large stores that sell a mix of items from groceries to small appliances, clothing and garden supplies. After walking down endless aisles I asked a store clerk to pint me in the right direction. Instead he walked me to my destination and we had an unexpected conversation about how many miles – often as many as 15 or 20! – he walks each day at work.

I could have just followed the clerk but instead found myself in an unexpected conversation.

My previous frustration at not finding the toaster aisle was quickly replaced by engagement and I felt gratitude for being in the moment.

I wonder how present I will be today in welcoming the unexpected encounter, conversation, insight, beauty, playfulness or awe?


  • Be aware – even in your frustrations -of being present to the moment
  • Practice being present

Notice how the unexpected can shift, surprise and enrich your day when you welcome it.

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©2016 Robert V. Taylor

Written by Robert Taylor