Most of the time, that phrase doesn’t indicate a GOOD surprise. I mentioned to a man who is very dear to me that I was surprised to find out how he feels about me, and he asked why I was surprised. I guess being surprised could indicate poor self-esteem; that I thought he didn’t or couldn’t care about me; or maybe that I didn’t think I deserved his caring—but that isn’t what I meant at all.
I meant the surprise you feel at finding something extraordinary in an ordinary place.
If you’ve ever turned around and noticed a beautiful view, you know what I mean. If you’ve ever stood in awe before a painting that touched your soul, then you understand what I’m saying. If you’ve ever received a completely unexpected blessing when you needed it the most, then you know exactly how I feel. It’s that instant that leaves you breathless, and the feeling comes back every time you remember it.
If you have never felt that kind of surprise, maybe you’re just not looking hard enough. Hundreds—if not thousands—of small miracles happen all around us every single day. Sometimes, they are as simple as a smile. Even one smile can change your mood, your mind, your day… and maybe even your life.