Whether you are a praying person or someone who puts intentions out to the universe, you no doubt have had the experience of something very different landing on your doorstep as the answer. It's really important to be open to such surprises. Often things happen to us that have the desired result but look nothing like what we had expected.
I've had that happen recently. And it's such a reminder to me to remain open—open to surprises, open to gifts in unexpected packages, open to gifts even in circumstances I didn't want.
That's easier said than done, however, isn't it? It's pretty normal and human to have expectations that get fairly specific. But I find that those often lead to some huge disappointments. When I can stay open to "receive the gift I'm given rather than the one I'd hoped to have," as author Paula D'Arcy puts it, I'm so much better off. I see the larger picture. I can find gifts embedded even in difficult situations. And sometimes, just maybe, what I receive is even better for me than what I'd wanted in the first place.