Day 971: You just never know

On Thursday evening, a long-time participant in my Coping and Healing groups — after listening to what other members were sharing and discussing — offered this  helpful conclusion:

You just never know.

You just never know what somebody else intends to communicate, but I felt like I knew what that person meant.

You just never know:

  • what is going to happen next,
  • another person’s experience,
  • why people make the choices they do,
  • another person’s thoughts,
  • all the feelings somebody else is having,
  • how and why other people behave the ways they do,
  • what our leaders are thinking,
  • how everything that happens might have an effect,
  • how other people see you,
  • what it’s like to be another creature on this earth,
  • how to keep up with rapidly evolving technology,
  • how we’re all going to survive,
  • how to make meaning out of senseless cruelty,
  • how people go on after traumatic experiences,
  • what beauty you are going to encounter,
  • how kind strangers can be,
  • how much time we have in this world,
  • what the heck I’m going to blog about any given day, and
  • which images are going to capture my attention, as I make my way through this world.

For example,

… you just never know what I’m going to bring back from Scotland.

You just never know what’s going to show up outside a hospital gift shop.


You just never know what beautiful natural scenes exist close to where you are.

If you know anything about me from reading this blog, you probably know that I’ll be doing my darnedest to get outside for lunch on a Friday. You might also know, if you’re a long time and faithful reader,  that my Friday lunch choice, from the cafeteria where I work, is kick-ass macaroni and cheese (not pictured).

You just never know what people are going to say at a goodbye party, although that usually includes words of appreciation never before spoken. After I took that last picture above, I witnessed many others expressing love and hopes for my wonderful co-worker, Mary, who is retiring from our hospital-based practice.  Mary, when saying goodbye to me in front of everybody, mentioned Friday macaroni and cheese! You just never know how well somebody can get to know you, in only four years. I told people at that going-away party that if I didn’t know I would definitely see Mary after she leaves next week, I knew I’d be bursting into tears.

You just never know how many connections you’re going to make in one day.


You just never know what  amazing things you’re going to see when you’re spending time with somebody you love.


And you just never know when the inspiration for a blog post title is going to hit. Yesterday, on my drive home to spend Friday evening with my boyfriend Michael, I noticed something I’d  never known before, and I pulled over to the side of the road to photograph it:


You just never know when a local marching band is going to appear on a main street.

You just never know when auto-correct is going to slow you down — it just took me many attempts and minutes to write “Main Street” in that last paragraph without initial capitals.

You just never know when I’m going to give up fighting auto-correct.

You just never know what music I’m going to choose on a Saturday.

You just never know when a beloved friend is going to raise you up by inviting you to go to a musical, like my friend Barbara did yesterday. Six hours from now, know that Barbara  and I will be at a matinee of Kinky Boots, in Boston.

You just never know how others are going to comment on something you create. I guess we’ll find out, below!

Unknowing and knowing thanks to those who helped me create this post today and to you — of course! — for all you know.

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54 thoughts on “Day 971: You just never know

  1. One thing you do know is that auto-correct thinks it knows better

  2. Who in the world does she think she is? We are family.

  3. Those “you just never know” things are good to keep in mind as you just never know.

  4. So many great thoughts here, Ann, for me there is a connection to John Cena. When you work in a hotel, you just never know who might be staying…Cena was among the most popular guests I ever met, and a really nice human being. ☺

    • I just never knew that John Cena was so nice.

      • Not a wrestling fan, so I have to admit, I didn’t know what all the fuss was about. Lots of families were hitting him up for autographs. ☺

      • You just never know what new things you’ll know just by paying attention. I never know what you’re going to write, Van, but I always learn something!

  5. You never know how someone else’s blog post will lift your spirits and help you stop fretting over whether you should make the gigante beans in tomato sauce recipe as written or try to adapt it to the slow cooker when you’ve never made it before! Thanks Ann, for somehow helping me decide to follow the recipe as it was written this time as I savored your blog! Happy weekend to all!

  6. after these
    beautiful words and images
    i don’t know
    what is happening
    but i like it 🙂

  7. I just never know what you are going to say, but I love it all. It is how I start my day, everyday since we met at that blog party. First I read your blog, the I read Mark’s blog and my day begins. You just never know how the day will end. Yesterday I got super behind in clinic (a couple of late patients and an unexpectedly complicated patient put me back by about 1.5 hours). I hate being behind, I really don’t like to keep people waiting – especially little kids. But then in the midst of all my fretting, I was saying good-bye to my patient and her Mom and her Mom said to me – “You know, every child that comes in contact with you SD is truly blessed.” This stopped me in my tracks and made me take a deep breath in. You just never know when someone is going to hand you a gift like that in the midst of chaos and fretting. You just never know.
    Have a great Saturday!!!!!

  8. Taking in each moment as it comes makes your life an adventure with the things “you never know”. Lovely post!
    Thanks for the follow:) Enjoying your blog!

    • Enjoying your wonderful perspective too, Nena. You just never know when you’re going to meet somebody new here at WordPress.

  9. I never knew I’d be typing this comment when I could be typing another. A very enjoyable posting thanks!

  10. You just never know how you’ll connect with another person or what odd, seemingly unlikely things you’ll share in common. For instance that toy dragon looks just like one that our oldest Dalmatian loves very much. And your glimpses into the fishbowl remind me of my own belief that nothing is certain. It’s a belief I expressed in a poem I used to perform in coffee shops. People always laughed, but I was never sure they would.

    • You just never know how a reader will keep surprising you in more delightful ways. I love this comment and your poem very much, Chris.

  11. Maureen

    I loved that clip from Kinky Boots! And the photos of the aquarium fish — I’ve been an aquarium hobbyist since my early teens.

    I always know that I’m going to enjoy your blog and find something meaningful in it, whatever time of day I drop by. Isn’t it wonderful how marching bands can just march into your life and then out again?

    I just never know where your energy and ideas come from, Ann, but I sure appreciate them.

  12. You raise some really interesting questions. Many of us assume that we have the answers for everything…but of course this would be impossible! Thanks for the follow 🙂

  13. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get!”

  14. You just never know when you’re going to connect with someone over the topic of being likable non-judgmental listener and Scrub Daddy 😀 And you just never know when you’re going to get into jammies and curl up on the couch with a loved one to watch an old movie and eat popcorn…wait a minute…I do know when…gotta go ❤ (Happy weekend, Ann!)

  15. I knew all along.

  16. That’s what makes life so interesting- you just never know….

  17. Nothing fishy about a band practicing its march at this time of the year, Ann. Labor Day parade to come, I would say, having watched my daughter along several main streets during her school band days!

  18. Love this post Ann! On weekends I just never know when I can get to the blogging world. So glad I got here today.
    I love this expression vet the way. Its so full of practical hope when faced the unknown 🙂

  19. You just never know what path will unfold before you if you take a step in a different direction.

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