Be Alert For Life's Surprises

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Cat SurpriseI have caught myself in many business and personal situations saying to myself,

"Life Will Surprise You Sometimes"

There are two categories of these surprises, bad ones and good ones. I try not to dwell on the bad ones too long, someone dying suddenly, disappointment, not meeting expectations, things taking longer to do or costing more, heartache. But there can be a silver lining with them and a blessing in disguise or even Karma effect if you follow them a little further.

The good surprises on the other hand, business or personal, just seem to be a pure joy. A client who sticks in your life long term, someone you never thought would be a friend being the most loyal to you. A helping hand that came out of nowhere. Someone sticking up for you. A simple someone asking how you are doing? Animals making us laugh with their silliness, unconditional love and warmth. An unexpected gift of time, talent or treasure. Kindness done to you without anything asked in return. The joy of the good surprises you may experience moment to moment is only limited by you staying alert and recognizing them.

Wake up to the many surprises you find yourself bumping into in life, and relish each one, even the ones that have a little learning for you about something in the ones that can sting. Life will surprise you sometimes. If not ALL the time!!


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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Gary, great writing and something to always think about.  Hope you have a great Saturday!

Mar 12, 2016 01:13 AM #1
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I'm not a fan of surprises of any kind. I do prefer the good ones though.

Mar 12, 2016 01:48 AM #2
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Gary, sweet post!  And when given a choice, I'd pick the nice surprises!

Mar 12, 2016 01:54 AM #3
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Good morning Gary, what a wonderful set of examples of nice surprises. The best thing about your list is that we are surrounded by great things /nice surprises if we will take time to notice them

Mar 12, 2016 02:02 AM #4
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

I seem to recall something else that someone said that goes hand in hand with this and that is the phrase "Isn't that interesting."

Mar 12, 2016 04:33 AM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Suprises are not always bad...we just need to take a dep breath and handle each as needed

Mar 12, 2016 05:06 AM #6
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Will: You have a super day too.

Karen: I see that point, with no surprises it is a lot more controlled environment.

Patricia: The good ones are great .....

Sondra: Howdy. I am good with making lists :)

Sharon: Yes I remember that thought from another blog post, when things go sideways, you say that.

William: We can go through the bad surprises, and probably we adapt better believe it or not through life as we handle more and more in that category.


Mar 12, 2016 05:33 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Surprises are fun. Naturally we all love the good ones. However,  I agree, bad surprises can bring many lessons in learning, understanding, compassion, etc. They are opportunities to Grow. :) Happy Saturday, Gary. D 

Mar 12, 2016 05:40 AM #8
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

TRUTH:  The joy of the good surprises you may experience moment to moment is only limited by you staying alert and recognizing them.


I love that thought. 

Mar 12, 2016 09:43 AM #9
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Gary,  Life is full of surprises ... some fun ... some not so fun. Focusing on all the good in the world is my focus ... and we are surrounding by blessing after blessing all day long. We just need to be willing to see them.

Mar 12, 2016 09:48 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Gary- give me the good surprises!  But, I do understand that life also has some not-so-good surprises as well. 

Mar 12, 2016 10:39 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Gary - those are very wise reflections.  There is always hope for the positive surprises.

Mar 12, 2016 12:31 PM #12
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Life is full of surprises . . . . we just don't know whats coming next.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 12, 2016 12:48 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope all of us will have some good surprises this week.

We have a very rainy day in Maryland and have been at home for the day.

Mar 13, 2016 06:53 AM #14
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Monday to you Gary Woltal -

I'm really not much of a surprise kind of person but if I get one I'd prefer it be a happy one.

Debbie ~ 

Mar 14, 2016 04:32 AM #15
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Gary, so true and your are sometimes we never know what to expect and life can be full of surprises.

Cute photo!

Mar 14, 2016 05:07 AM #16
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