Day 11, To See What We Can See: There’s Always the Unexpected



Dear Friends,

Today didn’t start out, or continue, as I had planned.  Unexpected things came up all day, which is why I’m writing now, rather than much earlier this morning.  But today did prompt a question that we should address regularly in our journals:  How does the unexpected happen in your life?

List a few times when you were visited by the unexpected (which might be either a serendipitous event, or a time when your plans just fell apart).  Cover your words with colors that reflect emotionally the outcomes of those “unexpecteds”.  Of course which colors you pick are unique to yourself —- I might pick blue because it reflects pleasant, peaceful, and expansive moments; you might use blue for the sadder consequences of unexpected events.

If you have time, think through and record in words or image a time in your life where a series of unexpected things happened that somehow changed your life:  your job was terminated and you ended up moving across the country and meeting your new love along with your new job; you tried to semi-retire and found yourself unexpectedly pregnant with an entirely surprising second half of life (my story!); or whatever set of synchronicities sent your life onto a new path.

Enjoy!  See you tomorrow!

With love,


This is day 11 of a series of daily prompts for written, visual, or art journalling, or just for pondering.  For more background information, see the Intro page, or this post on visual journalling:

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