My goodness, it has felt like one of the most flowing precious weeks here in this Little House in the Big Woods.
Last Sunday I wrote a blog about Unexpected Inspiration and started a daily practice of intending and paying attention to the unexpected things that happen in life. (Life had become a little ho-hum and uninspired after this long winter.) I started a little journal to record daily unexpected happenings and–
Immediately it felt like Life flowed again. At times last week the energy felt downright joyous and delightful. It felt wonderful!
At the same time, I paid attention to any underlying patterns which might derail the flowing. Looked closely at fear (with its henchmen of distraction, boredom, anxiety, judgment, pressure, comparison) in the post “I’m scared,” said Goldilocks to the Three Bears which struck me as a completely strange and unexpected title. I was so excited after writing this, you cannot imagine. It took two hours to calm down and breathe normally.
My gosh, what a rich and zinging week filled with lots of unexpected enthusiasm and serendipity.
May I share just a few?
One fun unexpected activity I did–twice–this week involved bringing lunch outside. Sat under a spruce or oak tree and munched while sitting on the earth, feeling the icy breeze (darn north wind!) whip through the woods. The thoughts said the kitchen table would be more pleasant. I ignored those thoughts because they beg for the expected way too often.
Today, whilst eating lunch, Barry photographed the episode for this blog. As he leaned over to get the proper angle he said, “Just look normal; start eating.”
For some reason I found this unexpectedly hysterically funny and started laughing. And laughing. And laughing.
Whilst he looked on, bemused.
Very unexpected to suddenly be laughing so hard. Very hard to pull it together to continue the photo shoot.
Of course not all unexpected things are fun. At the end of the week we discovered an unexpected toilet leak. We visited the local hardware and gathered up supplies, not always cheerfully.
We worked diligently for 45 minutes yesterday morning and I’m happy to report our toilet is no longer leaking!
On a similar not-so-fun unexpected note (faithfully recorded in the daily journal) I sat on my thumb yesterday morning. Honestly, how does a person sit on her thumb? It’s embarrassing to even type this. It hurt like hell most of yesterday. Thank goodness it’s recovered today. Mostly.
Speaking of unexpected, my blogging friend Lori from Lori’s Lane and I started gabbing about fear and creativity on Friday. She casually mentioned she loved the comedy Defending your Life, The First True Story of What Happens After You Die.
Continuing on the unexpected theme and feeling in the flow, I immediately rented the movie via the Kindle and watched.
Talk about laugh!
Honestly, I do not even like comedies that much. But this tickled the funny bone greatly. I laughed for two hours AND (this is even more unexpected) convinced Barry to watch it on Saturday. So watched the movie twice in 24 hours!!
Without spoiling too much of the plot, it’s about a guy who dies and goes to Judgment City. There he learns he’s on trial–sort of–for how much fear derailed his life.
What a fun movie. Thank you so much, Lori.
Other unexpected journal entries — made homemade cards out of old calendars and a fancy leaf from a Boddhi tree under which Buddha got enlightened. (Probably not the same tree.)
Yesterday attended a party at a red caboose in the woods! Yes, we did. With a lot of local people. It was so fun and so out of our non-party-going box. We sat around a bonfire with the cold North East wind a’blowing and ate great food and I told two people about the unexpected inspiration.
And they even seemed interested… 🙂
Feel free to share your own unexpected happenings, please.