Easter day is all about surprises. For millions of children the surprise of what’s inside their Easter egg excites them and seems to make them happy. On a more traditional and religious note the Easter story is based around surprise with Jesus seeming to disappear from tomb.
What has surprised me most this morning is the brilliant ability of children to enjoy life to the full. Noah and I started our day by looking after the horses. Noah played ‘Hunt The Horse Poo’ whilst I scooped it all up. He loved it every bit as much as an Easter egg hunt, if not more. He was in the field running about enjoying the moment. Not a care in the world except for where the next horse poo was to be found.
Ladybird was pleased to see us…
Dexter enjoyed the game as a spectator sport…
And we found plenty…
Next we went to Church for a special Easter service for children. Noah, Arianne and Ross were the only children there and as a result the Easter egg hunt left them all clutching more eggs than they could carry. A great surprise for them.
Noah is on my MS Diet and so he doesn’t eat chocolate but this didn’t ruin the game. He still eagerly collected as many as he could then came home and proudly gave them all to his daddy. It really surprised me how willing he was to hand over all his hard earned treats, it made me really proud. It made me stop and think how lucky I am that he enjoys our diet.
Later I went for a run with Freddie and had a great muddy time round the local fields in the sunshine. I was totally surprised how far she wanted to run and we had a longer than usual session. It really wasn’t planned that way. I have the best runs when this happens, I realised I felt good in the moment and decided to carry on further.
I called in to see my parents who I found doing repair work to their green house. They were concentrating on replacing some broken panes of glass. Just as I was leaving I noticed that they both had a sneaky sherry on the go! Clearly their Easter treat. This surprised me but in a really nice way, I was glad they too were enjoying their Easter day even though they were doing jobs.
Surprises do seem to make life better. All the surprises in my morning have made my day great, signs of happiness everywhere I look. Surprises bring us back to the moment, they grab our attention and keep it for a while. They pull us out of automatic pilot. Research has shown over and over again that people are happiest when they are present in the moment.
It is really easy to let our day fly by without paying any attention to all of the positive things that have happened. It is so easy to take things for granted. We can train our minds to notice more. Stop at the end of your day and write down three things that have been pleasant surprises during your day. It may be hard to think of any the first time you do this but once you get used to thinking this way your lists will get longer and longer. You will start to see positives everywhere you go and in everything you do. You will notice just how many things make you happy.