Surprise is being fooled into remembering our wisdom

"Pampered Pooch." by Tamara Magnitsky

There all sorts of surprises. There are the good ones and the bad ones. There are the funny ones, like people coloring their dog’s fur to match them, as Tamara found. There are somewhat small yet still annoying ones, like when I sat down to do this post last night my internet was off so I couldn’t do it. There are crazy life changing ones like winning lotteries or getting into the college of your dreams. Yet so much of surprise depends on our perspective.

Here January considers a child’s take:


The gift of surprise

                                        by January Handl

Whenever I hear a child laugh-
when I hear that surprised
gasp, giggle
chortle, chuckle
I know the world is presenting
a lesson
in newness

Instead of discomfort,
trying to control, channel
or manipulate,
the child expects
unexpected wonder,
universes of surprise
and the joy of
being fooled into
remembering our wisdom

Last night I was pretty annoyed by not being able to do the work I wanted WHEN I wanted to do it. However, because it was surprise week the irony of the whole thing made me laugh. My family was asleep, and I wasn’t going to wake my techy hubby to see if he could get it working for me (I was pretty certain a quick restart of something in his office would fix things but I wanted to let him sleep.) Instead of getting angry, something I could easily do,I decided to enjoy the silence in the house and let a few unplanned moments be their own surprise.

I let the surprise be welcomed and like January I was fooled into remembering my wisdom. There was no real reason to cause a ruckus, to be angry, to wake my hubby to get things working the way I wanted. The world was presenting it’s lesson and thanks to surprise I was willing to listen.

This week I will let surprise lead me to it’s treasure.  Surprise’s beautiful delights that can be found everywhere and at anytime. Like a child I will let surprise’s wonder lead me to lessons I am ready to learn.

Are you ready to join me?


Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.

Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband  🙂


January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years, and currently is an early head start home visitor in her community. She resides with 2 dogs and a cat in Boulder Creek and and simply lives in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂


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