Enjoying The Unexpected

Welcome Back ELA Family and Happy Mother's Day to all of our moms!

For all of you mothers and surrogate mothers out there, thank you for loving us and helping our dreams come true! There's nothing like a mother's love. 

We are half way into May and almost half of 2017 has come and gone.  Is the year going as planned? Did you even realize that you had expectations for this year? 

What has been the best part of your year so far?  What makes you smile the most each day?  Are they things you expect or are they things that happen by surprise? It's easy to think we have to plan our happiness by trying to avoid the hard and painful things in life. However, there are many times when the things we didn't expect pop up and give us joy that we couldn't plan into existence.

It's true that unexpected things can bring sadness and make life harder to appreciate and enjoy.  But there is a way to appreciate even those hard times and find something enjoyable in them.

When things happen or people show up in our lives that we didn't anticipate we can only respond with positivity or negativity.  When we find ourselves swept up in the unknown, we can't always control the situation, the people around us, or the direction of the situation.  However we can be prepared for surviving and thriving in unknown places.

How can we prepare for something we don't know anything about or when it will happen?  How we respond to the things going on in our lives today is how we will respond to the new things planned or unplanned tomorrow.  If we find something to enjoy every day not matter how small, then we will find something pleasant to enjoy even in tight situations that we cannot avoid or see coming.  

Our founder, Alvic Kollie, created the Compass Tee to remind us that it's possible to enjoy something in every season of life.  “Life takes you in so many directions; it’s about enjoying life wherever you are on the journey.”

So wherever you are on your journey through life, good or bad, planned or unplanned, find the the thing in you and around you that never stops giving hope to your situation.  Find that one thing and focus on it.  It will change your perspective and prepare you to see the next unexpected event as an opportunity rather than a setback.

Enjoy life today!