Life seems to throw the unexpected at us with alarming regularity. Whether that unexpected thing is big or small, life-changing or merely annoying, it can blindside us, charging in from waaay out in left field and tossing us on our ear.
Unexpected happened to me this morning. I had overslept a bit, and was eight kinds of disoriented as I stumbled to the kitchen. I turned on the light, reached for my water glass and stuck it under the Fawcett. As I did, something leaped out of the drain right toward my face.
I yelped and jumped back several feet while I shook off whatever just landed on my arm.
As I stood panting, trying to figure out what just happened, I tiptoed back over and finally realized what I was seeing.
Now, this is not your garden-variety teensy little tree frog, either. This brown guy was the size of my palm and was eyeing me suspiciously from the front of a kitchen cabinet. I hear you buddy. Not how my morning was supposed to start, either.
I have no idea how he got in. And when I turned my back, he disappeared. Now I don’t know where he went, either. That’ll keep me up tonight.
In 17 years, I’ve never had a frog in my kitchen, especially since the kitchen sits in the middle of the house, nowhere near any doors to the outside.
Isn’t that the way the unexpected hits sometimes, though? From out of nowhere?
This morning reminded me—again–of the need to take just a moment and THINK before I take action. Those few seconds where we peel ourselves off the ceiling and wait for our heart rate to slide below cardiac-arrest levels are important. They give us a moment to focus before we take action.
The instructor in a recent first aid class stressed this over and over. Especially in a life-or-death situation, those couple seconds to stop and think, to focus, will pay off big-time down the road.
The next time life tosses you an unexpected bill, situation, smart comment–or encounter with a frog—allow yourself those few seconds to think before you act.
Has life handed you any unexpected encounters lately? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.