The ancient Greek playwright Euripides once said that when something expected doesn’t happen, something unexpected comes into our lives and changes everything.
However, the unexpected always requires a receptive heart and an open mind. Because only then can we seize the wonderful opportunities that present themselves to us.
Some sociologists and even economic scholars, including renowned philosopher and scholar Nassim Nicholas Taleb, tell us that we often act as if we could predict what will happen tomorrow or next week.
Our ignorance, or rather our exaggerated need to think that we are in control of everything, often causes us not to be able to react properly when something unexpected happens.
Such behavior or basic need is explained by a very simple principle: our brains want to control everything. It doesn’t matter if we succeed in it or not; our brains just want to keep us “alive.”
Your brain interprets everything as an unexpected threat. The echo of the battalion hovers over the danger.
In fact, those people who cover most of their fears, insecurities, and emptiness feel a greater need to control themselves and others.
Every dominant person is inevitably doomed to dissatisfaction and unhappiness. This is what happens when we try to control the uncontrollable and leave no room for the unexpected.
Learn from children: unexpectedly great lovers
If you want to get your baby’s attention, show him something unexpected. In this case, their eyes attach to something out of the ordinary. Babies love bright colors and confusing things.
They have a natural and instinctive ability to embrace unexpected and amazing things in their environment. However, we – with our adult rational lenses – have lost this capacity. And that if that is a disgrace, for we could learn much through it.
In fact, as psychologist Aimee Stahlin explains in a study at Johns Hopkins University, 9-11 month old babies are willing to accept stimuli that go against logic.
To demonstrate this, an experiment was performed with a group of babies. It introduced babies to two types of toys: one that seemed to go through a wall (optical illusion) and another that simply bounced against them.
Interestingly, the babies seemed more interested in what seemed to be doing something impossible: going through a wall. Based on these tests, experts concluded that younger children are programmed to pay attention to the unexpected.
However, as we grow up, the unexpected is often interpreted as one that goes beyond our control and can therefore be dangerous.
Leave room for the unexpected in your life
Do it – leave the door of your heart open to a new, happy and pristine unexpected one who may appear unexpectedly in your life. It won’t hurt you.
Give yourself a small place in life that allows for the unexpected. For things that are not written on your calendar or have nothing to do with your goals. They can be good for you.
Because the unexpected world can be better than we could have imagined. In fact, great scientists have found entire continents by chance. The unexpected has given us some of the greatest moments in our history.
Maybe you don’t like your job, but there you met a friend who made you start a hobby you now love. Maybe it’s intellectually and mentally so rewarding that you’re starting a whole new career. Then you can start your own business and meet the love of your life.
One thing can lead to another. We jump from rock to rock in this unstoppable river of life, almost unnoticed.
But to appreciate beauty and opportunity at our every step, we need to be open to the magic on a daily basis. And we need to maintain a positive attitude because anyone who expects the unexpected with receptive minds opens himself up to new possibilities of happiness.