My daughter, Chelsea, got married last week. Her then fiance, Michael Johnson, had a bachelor party of course. He didn’t want anything really trashy or compromising to happen so they devised a sort of scavenger hunt for the party. He was required to do certain fun, silly and interesting things by the end of the night. It kept them having fun, anticipating the next event and gave him a level of comfort about what might be coming up. Of course, as the father of the bride I wasn’t invited so I don’t know for SURE what happened but as far as I know it went off without a hitch and was a lot of fun.
In truth the scavenger hunt analogy for life isn’t that different than a surprise party. The difference is two-fold. One, there is some general idea in a scavenger hunt of what you are looking for. Two, in a scavenger hunt your attitude is positive and expectant.
With the scavenger hunt model you are expecting surprises but you are still surprised. You understand that in advance and embrace the unknown. In a surprise party you have no clue what is about to happen so you have no way of embracing that unknown in the first place, right?
How do you see life, more as a surprise party or more as a scavenger hunt? Or maybe some other analogy fits your way of thinking better?
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