Inner Growth Word of the Day: Surprising
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) of a nature that excites surprise (surprise: unexpected or unusual).
Surprising in a sentence: When something is surprising there are different ways you can react depending on what that surprising factor means to you.
Surprising in action: As you go through life unexpected events take place all the time and these events are surprising.
Surprising and inner growth: Dealing with surprising situations helps you to work with your feelings and relationship to the unexpected. As you do this you gain comfort in living with possible situations of uncertainty and this is thanks to the inner growth that takes place as you deal and explore yourself in surprising situations.
Surprising and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What does something surprising mean to me? How has a surprising event in my life been reason for some of the changes that I’ve been through? How have I learned about life and myself thanks to surprising events? Who has been at my side during surprising events? Why are surprising life events important to me? How have surprising experiences affected my relationships?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with surprising at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick the one word that stands out the most because of the surprising event or experience that it reminds you of. Use the rest of the words from your list to write about this surprising life event/experience.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about surprising and allow these emotions to flow as you sit in silence and focus on where those feelings come from and go. As you do this if you notice any feelings accumulating in certain parts of your body, visualize a flowing river and those emotions going down stream. When you’re ready allow thoughts to come in too and notice what surprising life events come to mind that stand out for how they make you feel.
Your turn – Share your surprising sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂