This excerpt from Anne Lamott's wonderful new book, Help. Thanks. Wow. The Three Essential Prayers.
"Gorgeous, amazing things come into our lives when we are paying attention; mangoes, grandnieces, Bach, ponds. This happens more often when we have as little expectation as possible. If you say, "Well, that's pretty much what I thought I'd see," you are in trouble. At that point, you have to ask yourself why you are even here. And if I were you, I would pray "Help." (See earlier chapter.) Astonishing materials and revelation appear in our lives all the time. Let it be. Unto us, so much is given. We just have to be open for business."