Surprise and serendipity go hand in hand for me. It happens when I observe the aligning of two moments, experiences or even visual scenes. What might be at any other moment incongruous, becomes congruent. What surprises me is how often this leads to a time of deeper understanding or getting past a hurdle.
One example of a delightful gift of a surprise happened this morning as I took a yoga class. I’ve been practicing yoga for 20 years or so. Now that I am approaching my 70th birthday, I don’t expect progress. Instead, I am more surprised by how balance is trickier, joints are stickier and flow is erratic. I accept this comes with aging. So, imagine my joy when I did something I had never done before because of a simple tip.
Not an earth shattering moment, but still I’ve been attempting, while in down dog, to arch my back, draw my knee to my chest and bring the foot of my bent leg up to my hand on the mat. I’m typically six or more inches short. Many people are. But today I learned if I tent the fingers of my hand (balance on finger tips vs. palm) my foot went not just closer, but 100% of the way. I was amazed.
In the Beginning News
If you follow my blog, then you know my current project, In the Beginning, is based on an image taken by the James Webb telescope. I typically make my lunch listening to Radio Boston, hosted by Tiziana Dearing. So imagine my head snap moment when the topic of the day was the latest scientific revelations based on these images. I will definitely need to re-listen to the show and do some more reading on the topic in order to speak knowledgeably on the topic.
Another pleasant, although not serendipitous surprise, this week, was living up to my commitment to myself to participate in Project Quilting. The second prompt is Pink Tint. The prospectus states pink must be the main color featured in the quilt. Participants have one week from prompt announcement to make and post their finished quilt.
OK, not everything I do or experience surprises me. Thank goodness. Routine and the expected are relaxing. This is something I appreciate about participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
How about you? What has taken you by surprise this week?
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