If it is unexpected and unpredicted, it is real; it is true. When we are taken by surprise, when we are seized and ravished by the experience of being stood upside down, the mind stops. In that moment, what “sleeps in our paper flesh like dynamite” explodes, and we are conscious of not knowing anything.
Only the unexpected is true. Everything else is mental, a memory or a habit.
Slay your desires. Accept what comes.
Am I as old as this and still getting cranky?
Observe yourself when something goes wrong. Right in the first moment that it happens.
(If you can do that, it’s going very well.)
Mommy: “And what did you learn at school today?”
Johnny: “I was taught to expect the unexpected.”