TLC ~ Love Of The Day: I Hope You Love Surprises!

Think of this as your ‘Soup Of The Day’ special for your Heart, Mind and Spirit:

“I Hope You Love Surprises!” 

The doorbell rings. I didn’t bother answering it. I’m too busy reading and reflecting and commenting on blogs.

So my help opened the door for the mysterious visitor and my bro put on a shirt and went downstairs to check out who it was.

I heard a hullo and some laughs and up comes this hippie lookin’ kid with hair longer than mine, and a paperbag.

“I hope you love surprises!” he says.

And pulls out a journal covered in hearts and candies and a little booklet that says ‘A little bit of GOD in every day’.

“It’s a little late, but this is for your birthday and also Christmas.”

Then he goes off to give gifts to my sis while my bro fiddles around with his gift–an electronic guitar tuner.

Who knew I’d still be getting a birthday gift and Christmas pressie from 2011 on a New Year! 🙂 I didn’t. And I’m loving the surprise. It totally fits in with my only motto for this year: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. 

I believe it will be a year of Surprises and I will learn to love the Surprise, however and whatever way it appears–good or ‘bad’. I’m giving up my need for control over my future and needing all the answers for my life, right here, right now. I’m going to let go and let God surprise me. So far, He’s doing a good job through my bro’s friend Rufus–and it’s only day 2!

As I’m sharing this moment with you, my bro is taking a break from marking his student’s papers and strumming the guitar with his friend, filling the apartment with live music, on a beautiful sunny afternoon. 🙂

Who / What’s ringing your bell & dropping in unexpected today? Do you see it as an unwelcome intrusion into your personal time & space?

Can you open your heart and mind to receive The Gifts that it can bring?

A blessing is often in disguise. I hope you love surprises.

And then, whenever you can, BE the Surprise. 🙂




“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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A Blessing in Disguise is The Best Surprise

I’ve often prayed for better communication with my brother. And I’ve always imagined that the day my prayer is answered is the day when we’re magically on good terms with each other, all sugar and smiles.

That day never happened.

Instead, I woke up with“Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter” flashing on my computer screen. I was devastated with a capital D!

I get stressed up just trying to muster the courage to ask him for help. He doesn’t make it an automatic privilege just because I’m his sister.

I tried praying over my computer (yea you can stop laughing now can’t you tell a girls desperate?:/). I tried trouble-shooting. NOTHING worked.

Left with no choice, I prayed for favour and sent my brother a S.O.S SMS.

Unexpectedly, he promptly replied and offered to have a look at it when he got back from work. Surprisingly, he checked it out the moment he could and got it working again—on the same day! Instead of grunts and silence, he even explained what happened–all in very, pleasant, vibes!


ALL of that is, unfortunately, not the norm for my brother and I. Then the light bulb went off within. The PC had to break down! It gave me and my brother the perfect opportunity to practice better communication skills! 😉

I’ve got so many stories just like this one.

I’ve prayed for the strength to forgive someone that’s increasingly hard to love–then a person gets sent in my path to remind me of me and how much effort it took, in the past, to love me too. Self-realization–seeing the plank in one’s eye instead of focusing on the speck in others–always brings you and I back to a place of humility, accountability and LOVE.

And when I prayed for Wisdom and Strength, I should’ve known that there’s a reason why the people I admire are wise beyond their years or stronger than your average girl. Just like what Kahlil Gibran says,

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

They’ve been through a lot to be what they are today and it’s often not a pretty story in the beginning. Life happens. But in the end, they live and they learn, growing stronger and wiser… or that’s what I learned. 😉


A blessing in disguise is the best surprise…

…but it takes a shift in perspective to see it, to learn from it to be blessed.

It means being grateful for Opportunities and Teachers and Lessons as they come, as they are—without blaming God and judging others.

It takes a growth in Faith—that this is allowed for a reason. A measure of Hope—that it will get better and that something good will come out of it.

And LOVE. Lots and lots of Love.

“I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to these teachers.” – Kahlil Gibran

Love & Strength,



“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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