The delight outside our safe built walls of expectation…

Surprise! by Tamara Magnitsky

Tamara set out to photograph the wisteria and suddenly there was bee at the party. To catch the busy fellow going about his business was a sweet surprise. Surprise is like that sometimes. A tiptoe in, sudden little delights. Surprise can come in bolder or sometimes badder, like when a child’s fever strikes or the job you “thought you had” slips away. Surprise keeps things interesting, or as January concludes, at least keeps us awake!

Life is always willing

by January Handl

We come seeking a not- knowing,

a time encompassed experience

with linear boundaries

and unknown pathways that appear

from the mist and fog

from the seeds planted

way before the current consciousness


Then fear seeps in and we

seek assurance, certainty

where none exists-

we even pay insurance companies

giving them power over our every action

to reassure us that this illusion

of predictability and reliable outcomes

really can be bought and paid for


And then…

Life surprises us

both with happy and sad moments

that were outside our safe built walls

of expectation, of hard-earned control

and when we can smile,

surrender to the moment

we are even grateful

that we didn’t know until just now

exactly what is

until it isn’t…

shifting sands beneath our feet


at least we stay


Yes! Surprise keeps us on our toes and lets us know we are alive. The delight, the thrill even the sadness it may bring keeps us on our toes, invites us to something more.

Welcome to Surprise week!

SURPRISE – A sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment; to come upon or discover suddenly and unexpectedly.

This week we are celebrating the unexpected. The big and tiny moments that keep us on our toes and make our life more interesting. Today let yourself be open to the wonder you weren’t even seeking. Allow the delight in.

Use “bad” surprises as a prompt for creativity. Look for the silver lining in the things you don’t like and be surprised by your ability to adapt!

Look for small surprises. Be delighted by sunsets and sunrises. Find enjoyment from a wild bird who happens to pause on the lawn. Notice the wondrous  and see what you can allow yourself to be surprised and inspired about!


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. She is currently the Director/head teacher at Gazebo Park School, and lives at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. She lives simply in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂

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