Today was an unexpected day, everything that I had planned, scheduled, prepared for, didn’t happen in the least. No small group yoga sessions, it snowed and snowed and snowed as I drove and drove and drove. My cracked windshield did not get repaired. I drove and drove and drove.

Here’s what did happen: I helped someone, unreservedly, unexpectedly, unabashedly, who asked for my help. How surprising to show up completely excited for one opportunity only to be presented with the gift of a serendipitous opposite. To be undone by someone else’s revelation of vulnerability in the moment is a gift so immeasurable that words cannot really express it.

Suffice it to say that I needed to be turned over this week. I was stuck in an attitude of implacable, unrelenting, obsessive self-righteousness that screamed for a fresh perspective. And this gentle, earnest, heartfelt request shifted me, and revealed an answer that I had hoped  and searched for, requested and yearned, mentally unpacked and verbally processed. And  it is one that I was ultimately able to act upon in service to another, really to myself.

It is the simple gifts that bring me to my knees, that startle me so abruptly that my breath shortens, heart breaks open, mind kind of implodes. Surrendering to the experience is the only option. And humility, for having been given such a gift. And gratitude, of course, always gratitude.

Much love.

Post your gratitude comments. There’s an unexpected surprise in the works!


About livebig365

Join me as I dive in to the deep end of the pool and challenge myself to live big and love big. What does that mean? In 2012 , I accepted the invitation to push myself beyond my comfort zone, at least once a day, and engaged and responded to my life, or a given situation in my life, in a way that would normally scare the hell out of me. Why did I do it it? Because it was time time to begin, and I was ready! Each day brought a new revelation, lesson, challenge, encounter, a teaching moment, that revealed to me that living big and loving big are uniquely interconnected. Welcome 2013, the year of lovebig 365. Each post was an expression of love experienced, witnessed, inspired, manifested. It didn't always make sense in the moment, and yet its sheer mystery hopefully evoked a beautiful affirmation of life and all of its shimmery brightness; broken up, lovely to behold, tender and full of purpose. 2014, jagged, bumpy, disjointed posts. 2015, silence, and plenty of growth within that silence. Manifesting 2016: The creation of a gathering place for gratitude. Join in the wavering, audacious, unequivocal fun. 2017: Reflection 2018: POWER, MAGIC, TRANSFORMATION
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  1. Dyana says:

    You too? It must be Mercury Retrograde. This is one of your best writing pieces yet! Grateful you are doing this again. You’re G-O-O-D at it! 🌚


  2. Linda R Neff says:

    Simple gifts are the best. I also really admire how you write from your heart Susan. xoxo


  3. Live life with eyes and heart wide open!! Yes!

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