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Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Five: Stairway of Surprise

I am currently reading a book entitled Stairway of Surprise: Six Steps to a Creative Life by Michael Lipson. His premise is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "I shall mount to paradise by the stairway of surprise." Lipson's book is about practicing or developing six inner functions--thinking, doing, feeling, loving, opening, and thanking.

So these categories of attention are a jumping off point for today's Friday Five:

Pick five of the six actions and write about how you are practicing them today or recently. For a bonus, write about the sixth one you originally didn't choose!

What or how are you

1. thinking?

2. doing?

3. feeling?

4. loving?

5. opening?

6. thanking?

If you play, please leave a comment, and you'll be likely to get more comments if you link directly to your post. Here's how!


  1. For me, surprise has always been a matter of perspective... as you will see from my photo in my post... :)

    Oh oops. Almost for got the link!

  2. Climbing toward surprise at my place here! I’m off to a REALLY Important Meeting and will visit around on my return!

  3. Even I was surprised at this one.

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  5. "If there's a bustle in your hedgerow..." Oh...wrong stairway. I took the trip up and down here.

  6. i climbed some creative stairs join me?
    thx Robin for visiting & noting the wrong link earlier ") this will fix it i'm hoping...

  7. I came home from singing Brahms' Requiem and played here.


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