Posts Tagged ‘surprises’

“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley”

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

I went for a walk in a local spot that which has the interesting distinction of being incredibly marshy and also cover with huge areas of sand.  This place has more different species of dragonflies than anywhere else in the country, and was so sandy that polar explorers used it to train as the best surrogate for walking through snow.  Today it was very wet and we simply couldn’t walk the route I’d planned so we just followed the driest path, out over the board walks over the marsh, until we found a drier path into the sand ‘dunes’.  The light was simply wonderful; the frost made all sorts wonderful patterns on the trees and, as you can see, the ice over the ponds and mires was just incredible!

All-in-all we had a perfect walk, in the most beautiful light followed by a rather nice lunch.  The lesson for me is sometimes, not knowing where you are going can bring all sorts of unexpected delights your way, so maybe we should not be so distressed when our plans can not be implemented…. So if your plan gang agley today, I hope that it bring unexpected gifts your way too!

The other kind of Easter Egg

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

I suppose they are based on the idea that Easter eggs contained secret surprises, like Faberge’s fabulous creations  which contained miniature carriage’s etc, however, the other kind of Easter egg is a hidden message or feature in a piece of software or a DVD.  These will usually bring up a list of credits, or access to hidden features such as games.  It is a little secret for those ‘in the know’.   One you can try is if you open a new Word document and paste in =rand (200,99) you may be surprised what comes up.  Or for a more fun example try typing in ‘Google Easter Eggs’ in to the Google homepage search bar, then click ‘I’m feeling lucky’ button.

Life is full of little unexpected surprises, particularly if you keep your peepers peeled!  Being open to being surprised is not only something that makes life much more fun, it also lets  innovation take root in your workplace.  People are full of surprises if you give them a chance.   Why not allow a few surprises into your life today?

“Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”   General George S. Patton

“The road of life can only reveal itself as it is travelled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise. Man’s future is hidden.”


An unexpected gift

Friday, March 28th, 2008

One of my great loves is walking, and I am lucky enough to share this with a good friend, who makes time every week to be lead off into the wilds of South England. I try to keep finding new places to visit, but obviously we revisit old favourites to enjoy them again, in all their different seasons and aspects. Sometimes we are pushed for time and just have to stay close to home, which in reality, is no hardship as we have some of the most beautiful countryside in the world right here.

Yesterday was such a day and I was taking us back to an old and special favourite of mine up on Puttenham CommonÂŒ. Now, despite this being a place that I love, a little bit of me was disappointed not to be going ‘somewhere new’. There is a strong vestige of the little boy still in me that loves to go off and explore.

We set off with a new GPS I had been given for Xmas because I needed to check it out as it had been faulty. I’d programmed in a route, solely from a map and wasn’t sure how much of this route I would actually be familiar with. I knew the area well enough that I’d be able to get back if I or the less-than-reliable GPS got us lost!

So off went the intrepid pair, following the little line of electronic dots on the virtual map. We quite quickly diverged from my favourite route and initially it was a little dull, we were on a ‘green road’ rather than just off in the wild. However, we tramped on enjoying the views and each others conversation. Little by little, we got to areas I had never seen before, and they just got prettier and prettier. We had a wonderful time, in a beautiful place, under blue, blue skies.

The lesson for me was that we can find wonderful surprises in places (and people) that we think we know. When we surrender a little of our usually tight control we open the door to all sorts of wonderful gifts. So today, my gift you is the chance for you to enjoy a similar wonderful surprise in something or someone familiar.

“Be ready to be surprised” Loeje (a dutch fictional character)
“Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




  1. Puttenham on Google