Life cannot be determined in advance. As much as we think, hope, pray or plan, there will always be unexpected twists and turns. This has been the theme that I have noticed of late.

As I look back this week, I had a business meeting on Monday, which resulted in some discussions about future plans for speaking. Thinking this would take some time to develop, I was elated that our first contracts were secured within four days. This was unexpected.

As we were stopped in the middle of the highway today, due to a serious accident, I was also reminded of this philosophy. I had made plans to pick up my grandson for the night and we were about an hour from home.

Instead, we pulled up to a long line of stopped vehicles. A police cruiser pulled up shortly after and advised that the highway could be closed for another four hours. This was unexpected.

Deciding to turn around and make alternative arrangements, we were unable to reach my husband’s family, who lived nearby. We popped into a department store and were advised by staff members of a way around the accident. We thanked them for the information and decided to take the back way.

Although late, we were able to pick up my grandson, and finally arrived home. He ended up falling asleep in the car, and went directly to bed. Or at least, that is what I thought. Feeling that I did not get a proper visit, playing or cuddling, I was not disappointed. He woke up, he ate, we cuddled and he had a bottle before graciously going back to sleep. This was unexpected.

This, on a day where we attended a special career celebration for a former co-worker, our age, who has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition, preventing him from continuing active employment.

Since life is constantly full of the unexpected, it just might be time that we accept that our lives consist of a series of events that we set in motion, in addition to a random series of events that are set in motion for us. Despite our best planning or results in line with our expectations, we can receive pleasant surprises or unplanned setbacks.

We must allow what unfolds to unfold. The anxiety that we attach to events is what will cause us added stress. We can simply set our intentions in our mind, press the gas and go. What happens after that is sometimes out of our hands, negative or positive.

In the meantime, we can be grateful for what we have, what we experience and the adventures along the way. I found a very profound quote this week that has been penetrating deep into my soul. In the midst of the unexpected, I am reminded, once again, to give thanks.

‘What if today you woke up with only the things you thanked God for yesterday.’ ~ Author Unknown