Inner Growth Word of The Day 249 – Surprise

September 6

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Surprise


Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 3. to strike with wonder or amazement especially because unexpected.


Surprise in a sentence: When you are in a state of surprise, you need a moment to settle in and reflect before gaining full awareness of what just took place.


Surprise in action: Something that is unexpected is a surprise.


Surprise and inner growth: What types of reactions you have to different situations where surprise is involved can help you take a look at your tendencies in how you react to things.  Each surprise is an opportunity where you can practice pausing to reflect and taking a look at things from an inner growth mindset, which then will lead you to that growth that you see and choose.


Surprise and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: When was the first time I experienced surprise? How do I deal with surprising moments?  What types of surprising situations have I found myself in that helped me to get to where I am today?  How has something surprising affected my life?  In what ways does surprise affect my relationships?  What role does surprising someone or something have in my life?


  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with surprise at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list think of three instances where surprise was a part of your experience and write about what you learned from these three different situations.


  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about surprise and allow them to flow throughout you, taking notice of where the emotions begin and where they go. If you notice those emotions settling in one or more points of your body, visualize them moving smoothly and when you’re ready, bring in thoughts.  Focus on the thoughts that cause the biggest emotional reaction and then allow those feelings to do the rest of the talking.


Your turn – Share your surprise 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 🙂


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