The Gift of Surprise

Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas
with short reflections on 12 gifts

When I was born, I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.
Gracie Allen

The older we get, the less surprise there is in our lives.  After all, we’ve seen it all before: the good, the bad, the ugly.  As familiarity descends into jadedness, what a gift is the truly new, the unexpected, the surprise.  Whether it’s as fleeting as the punchline we didn’t see coming—All day long, it was hit the ball, drag Harry—or as permanent as a new way of looking at things—Receive them ignorant, dispatch them confused (Weschler’s teaching motto)—may we remain open to surprise.

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