Over the years, like you, I have been surprised many times. Not always pleasantly. But some of the surprises have been wonderful.
I’m embarrassed to write about this one because it could easily be taken as boastful, but it was what came to mind as I thought about the best big surprise I’ve ever had.
At the end of my Masters in Communications, the faculty organized a wine and cheese reception for us. Various awards were given out (best script, best video, etc.) and then it came to announcing “the most outstanding student.” I promise and swear that I never thought of myself as a candidate for this honor and I was standing there wondering whether it would be Jen, Grace, Phil or, God forbid, even Jeff.
Suddenly people were clapping me on the shoulder and pushing me forward to receive the trophy (and a very nice cash prize!) I simply did not process and hear my own name when it was announced.
It was, by far and away, the best surprise I’ve ever had.