Caught Off Guard

Do you ever find yourself caught off guard by something that seems like it should be familiar? Let me explain. Apply the question to music. There are probably songs that you’ve heard hundreds if not thousands of times…but then one day something about the song clicks…like you’re hearing it for the first time…it might even cause you to look down at your iPod to check and see what song it is. I’ll admit, sometimes it’s just the volume, or sometimes it’s just one line that makes “extra” sense.

Photo credit (Flickr: RealMerlin)

I don’t remember when exactly, but I remember vividly one morning driving on the Marquam Bridge in Portland. It was early so the sun was just rising in the East. At the peak of the Eastbound level of the Marquam bridge, on a clear day, at that time of the morning, Mt. Hood is hard to miss. Why do I remember one particular time of crossing the bridge? Something about the light made the mountain look bigger, better, brighter…and it caught me off guard. I can’t explain what was so special very eloquently, but it’s been years since I’ve driven that drive and I still remember one morning.

I think there’s something to those two things that we miss 99.9999% of our lives. Whether it be routine or busyness or jadedness, there’s something to be said for allowing yourself to be caught off guard by a great song or a great sunrise or anything else that seems routine or habit (FYI, the sun rises every day in most parts of the world). Let it happen and embrace it.

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