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The Value of Surprise

by fivesimplethings on May 10th, 2010

I underestimated the value of surprise yesterday when I went to the airport to pick up my brother who was coming into town for work. As we lifted his bags into the car, I noticed a woman coming out of the airport. I was turning to my brother to mention how much she looked like our mother when I realized it was our mother!

She had totally surprised me by arriving on Mother’s Day. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been so glad to see her.

Isn’t that the value of surprise? It moves us past the planned, over-scheduled lives we lead so we step back and consider the real meaning of the people and events around us.

I want more surprise in my life. I want to live off script more often. Don’t you?

That’s the reason I look to do one random act of kindness every day. It forces me to incorporate surprise in my life. My mother’s arrival was a random act of kindness to me and my whole family that brought us such joy. How can I turn around and share that with someone else? What’s the greatest surprise you’ve ever given someone?  What will you do today to surprise someone?

Let me know in the comments section or on twitter with the hashtag #fivesimplethings.

-John Tolsma

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