We have sayings for when unexpectedly bad things happen to us: "When it rains, it pours" and "Bad things come in 3s," so it's natural to focus on our negative experiences.
But when did something unexpectedly GOOD happen to you?
For me, it was Easter Sunday 2017. I stopped into a pet store just to pick up cat food. Just a quick, simple errand.
On my way to the cat food aisle, I walked by a plexiglass case. I heard a soft "thud" as I passed it. I turned around to see a chubby chinchilla, standing on his hind legs with his tiny front paws pressed up against the glass, just looking at me. He seemed a bit bigger and older than the chinchillas they usually had, and he was much more entertaining- If I moved right, he followed. If I moved left, he mimicked my movement. And yes, it was as adorable as you're imagining.
A store employee stopped by me and asked cheerfully, "Are you interested in him?"
"Oh no," I replied. "I'm just here to pick up some cat food."
Her face dropped. "Oh ok."
"He's very cute though," I tried to reassure her.
"He is. And he's very sweet. But he's been here for months... Whenever we get new animals in, they're much younger than him, so they get homes quickly. But he's been here for a while-"
I honestly can't tell you what she said after that. I had already walked away to get a cart. I loaded it up with everything he needed. And finally, I took my sweet little chinchilla home.
I was not expecting to end up with another animal that day. I wasn't expecting to see those tiny little paws pressed up against the plexiglass, or to hear that sad story. But something good came out of it- I got my wonderful boy Loki, who lives up to his name everyday and makes my home a much more amusing place 💖