It makes for a pleasant day when you get an unexpected surprise of the good sort. I waltzed into the tax collector’s office to pay my taxes and discovered the amount  was significantly lower than what I estimated in the spring. I’m pretty sure the collector has never had anyone questioning a lower amount nor willing to pay more. We both got a surprise that day.

It did make me think of times when I’ve been on the receiving end of some unpleasant surprises. I might even be willing to call it out right shock and devastation depending on which incident. Life is just screwy like that – you think your life is going along pretty good, then WHAM everything you thought was true turns out to be a lie. There you were thinking everything is finally falling into place and the road is pretty straight, which is miraculous all on its own.

I don’t know about you but that’s when I start analyzing every conversation, text, email, and facial expression to figure out how I missed a major clue that could’ve prevented this wreck. Or even more importantly so I could get off this highway to catastrophe long before the wreck even occurred. FYI just in case you’ve been looking there is no clear sign saying ‘yield or take a different road’ to let you know . If there is I keep missing the darn thing because I’m going too fast or I’m that ostrich with its head in the sand. Life is feeling so great that if I’m not looking then nothing bad will happen….ummm don’t believe that bull. It does happen because I didn’t get my head out of the sand or yield just to make sure I was on the correct road in the first place.

Rose colored glasses are wonderful but you’ve got to take them off on occasion and make sure the perception is the true reality. Today my reality was to be able to wear the rose colored glasses and savor the fact that my taxes were less than expected. Don’t worry I’ll be ripping those off pretty quick because I’m a planner, and I like all the facts and a clear view of what’s going on.

Obviously I’m just as fallible as anyone else and can be taken advantage of, lied to, and disappointed beyond belief, but it’s all in how you react to those moments in life. Do you let the situation or person keep you down or do you rise above? It took me a long time to realize that when I rise above I’m in control of my life not someone else. I’m the driver, and I’ll decide for myself if I drive pedal to the metal, yield, stop or take a new highway. That’s the glory of being in control – I can make the decisions going down life’s highway not someone else.



*Photo taken by BStill and used with her permission.


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