Unexpected Delights





The appearance of a hummingbird in this photo was an Unexpected Delight for me! My focus had been on an early Spring bloom on the California coast, but this hummingbird must have floated into the scene just as I clicked my cell phone camera. Hummingbirds are amazing creatures that awaken the sense of wonder in us all. This one was no exception. Appearing in January at the beginning of a new year’s cycle was even more extraordinary, since the hummingbird signals a time of new nectar in our lives and reminds us that our dreams are closer to being fulfilled. The hummingbird traditionally heralds joy and accomplishment, the promise of success and renewed health. What better time than right now to begin a new story in our lives and set about uplifting hearts in our own unique ways.

I am thrilled when unexpected delights appear, because they allow us to invite Adventure into our routine. If you want to begin the year feeling exhilarated, create a Heart Intention of exploring new experiences.

Here is an example from You Are So You! The Path to Uplifting Hearts

Heart Intention

 Raise vibrations. Explore new experiences.

A Bold Heart explores connections by initiating adventures.It concentrates on what is happening outside your comfort zone. It will seek out new experiences. Its message will be one of anticipation and daring. When we discover it, we feel exhilarated.

Be an Unexpected Delight. Try to touch someones heart, the very pulse of all life forms. Turn a routine into an adventure of delight, rhythm, power and warmth.


“It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do….” Limony Snicket, The Lump of Coal


I will share some additional “Unexpected Delights” in my next blog. In the meantime, please feel free to leave a Reply at the top of the page telling of any “Unexpected Delights that you have encountered. I will feature one of your Unexpected Delights in my end of January Newsletter.




5 thoughts on “Unexpected Delights

  1. Geri Yount

    I believe there are no accidents in life. Everything happens for a reason and with a purpose. The hummingbird appearing at just the right moment was no accident. The fact that it surprised and delighted you is no surprise. It was meant to be. Being open and willing to welcome into your life “unexpected delights” is so important. It is only then that you are truly alive.

  2. Ann

    Beautiful – hummingbird and flowers. I think they’re echiums. I first saw them growing on Tresco in the Scilly Isles and now have two in pots in the greenhouse, grown from seed acquired in Madeira two years ago. Something as beautiful as this picture certainly lifts the spirits, particularly if you are in wintry England as I am.
    It reminded me of clip from a manuscript I keep beside the computer: A person should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture (I think your photo would count here, Shirley), in order that wordly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful, which God has implanted in the human soul. – Goethe.

    1. mooreideas Post author

      Ann, We call these wild blooms Pride of Maderia. Now I understand why. Your quote is the perfect accompaniment.

      1. Ann

        The seeds I bought were called Pride of Madeira. It took me ages to check in the Royal Horticultural Plant reference book to check the correct Latin name so I could identify the plant. I’m amazed it has the same name in Nevada but not in the UK. They grow wild in Madeira which is why I was able to purchase seed legally but they are very difficult to sustain in the UK as they require hot sun but also plenty of rain, the latter is not a problem


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