“Nothing surprises me anymore.” We've all heard this statement. Maybe we've even used it to summarize something difficult to fathom. Just watch the news. Never-ending conflicts. Never-ending greed. Never-ending mixed-up priorities. A whole lot of stupidity. That sort of thing can turn a person into a cynic, a cynic who says things like “nothing surprises me anymore.” But be honest: is that really the truth?
A few days ago, my bee-keeper (don't you have one?) told me that one honeybee makes less than a teaspoon of honey in its entire lifetime. Mind = blown. Honestly, I’m still quite surprised by so many things:
1. That someone is reading this.
2. Pancakes; I’m always delightfully surprised when someone makes pancakes.
3. Syrup: it’s basically tree barf, isn't it?
4. How much food I can shove down my throat in one go.
5. Inner strength. (It’s like we all have a surprisingly deep well somewhere when needed.)
8. Pure compassion.
9. What people wear (or don’t wear) at the beach.
10. The weather.
11. How moving a beautiful voice can be.
12. New words. Latest favourite: carpe noctem. (It’s Latin for “seize the night.”)
13. Technology. I very nearly walked into the back of a truck while texting the other day.
14. The things we all obsess about, like shoes or cars or bacon or emojis or whatever.
15. How complicated coffee is now.
16. How much I've accomplished in my life.
17. How much I haven’t.
19. Hugs. (Definitely not spider hugs although that’s a surprise I can live without.)
20. How just a few happy words can sometimes change the way everything feels.