Whether we realize it or not, we go through life with blinders on. We choose what to perceive, and we have already determined to a large extent what we will see. Before we can open our eyes and our mind, we have to let go of the reality we think we know. Emptying one's mind is no easy trick, but one obstacle is fear of having nothing. To grow is to give up the security of what we think we have and what we think we know. The flower you are looking at may be here for only today. The bird's song you are hearing will never be heard again. The stranger you meet in the store may become your best friend for life. Surprises are all around us.