31 Days – Little SurprisesPosted: October 20, 2012
Over the past few days, there have been lots of little surprises. I literally put my hand through a window when I barely knocked to get the Mr.’s attention when I had too much stuff to carry into the house. Our friends finally (it seemed like forever!) had their sweet little baby girl. We took my car in to fix the brakes and it was returned with a broken radio. We had some unexpected money things come up. Little B has picked up on some crazy new things like waving and saying Hi (which sounds more like “Ahhhhhiii”), grew two more teeth, and is ::thisclose:: to taking his first steps.
All of this chaos, good and bad, has had me thinking. When do we not have little surprises? It seems like most days there is something that catches us off guard. I always wonder what it would be like to be someone else, and weeks like this make that curiosity even stronger. Not because I want to be someone else, but I have always have a weird compassion for people, even when I was little. I knew from the start, thanks to my equally compassionate mom, that every single person has their own struggles and celebrations and you never really know what it would be like to walk in their shoes. What would that actually be like? I really wish we could all, as a human race, experience that for just a day. I think the world would be a much better place. We could ALL use a little more compassion.
Surprises can be amazing, like the birth of a child. They can also be terrible, like losing a parent. But what if we all made it a goal to create one little happy surprise each day. It may sound weird, but it really is possible to surprise yourself. Go for a that run that you have been putting off. Pull out the shaving cream and have a war with your kids. Reach out to a friend by calling them instead of texting.
Tonight, at 11pm, I tossed together a very quick and easy batch of muffins. (Literally a package of mix and a cup of water. The end.) Of course, I ate one for myself while they were still warm, but I mainly did this for my husband. He is up super early every day and out the door by 5:45am and rarely has a chance to eat anything. I added a cute little note from B and me, and left them next to his wallet so he didn’t miss them. Knowing that he is going to smile in the morning makes me happy. I don’t normally do these sort of things, but it is nice to surprise someone and show them how much their hard work means to you. After all, we all know that the best way to feel better is to make someone else feel better. Right?
That was my surprise-on-purpose today. I am hoping to make this a normal thing. Not making muffins every night, (Sorry Nick.) but just trying to do something out of the ordinary to make myself smile. What will you do?