img_7003This morning a blueberry fell to the floor from my spoon and rolled somewhere out of sight.  I spent a few minutes searching before it was corralled.  I was amazed to find the berry four times further away than the immediate area underfoot where I located my initial reclamation effort.  The search and rescue annoyed and amazed me.  If I had dropped the blueberry intentionally in hopes that it will roll away like a bouncy ball and it had just landed flat I would have been disappointed.  However, I found myself aggravated because this blueberry traveled far beyond what I thought was possible.

How often do we under/over-estimate an object’s potential?  Fundraising campaigns intended to raise millions fall silent despite a sophisticated marketing campaign.  A blog post finds an audience even though the topic was a random observation.  A passing comment at a conference spurs a new organizational strategy.  Or, a single discouraging look brings us down.

Our intentions and reality rarely play on the same scale.  We should anticipate serendipity, surprise, and lack of correlation.  If we embrace a culture of inquiry then we might ask, ‘what else might this be,’ when unanticipated events appear.  Perhaps we might spend more time preparing for a broad range of results and less time selecting the spot to place our soon to be won trophy.

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