It’s the insignificant details that truly delight people…Like remembering how I take my coffee in the morning.

I love surprises, and I really enjoy surprising others, too. It’s one of those treasures in life that should never be abandoned. To really catch someone unexpectedly, you need to be awake and sensitive to what they say and do when they’re with you. “Waking up” is a continuous process. There’s no limit to your awareness, but it takes practice. How many of us have lived or worked with someone  for years who has to keep asking us how we like our coffee. You wonder if they would remember your name if they had to take you to the emergency room. The poet Kabir expresses this idea very well: “If you are in a deep sleep, why waste time smoothing the bed and arranging the pillows?” It takes the ability to listen and be fully present in conversation so you’re able to recall the things that please others. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or complicated; in fact, it’s the insignificant details that truly delight people. To remember how a certain individuals take their coffee or what their favorite colors are means that you care and you’ve paid attention—you’re awake! Similarly, you need to remain open to the surprises that occur in your life. They can be lovely gestures from others, and sometimes they’ll be nothing more than a sudden appreciation of something new and wonderful. There’s a profound side to living a life full of surprise: It can spur your ability to be grateful. To act as if each day has wonderful unknown opportunities opens the door to being thankful and feeling happiness. I’ve watched many children clap their hands gleefully at a butterfly, flower, or rainbow—it’s the merry delight in the unexpected that they’re experiencing. What’s really great about kids is that they are surprised repeatedly over the same thing, however, our culture is making it more and more difficult for this to continue, since anything new becomes old very quickly. I have grown to greatly appreciate the surprise of finding my mate has emptied the dishwasher, cleaned the countertops and vacuumed the crumbs off the kitchen floor. I am totally surprised and delighted when I sleep through the night and when I can still fit in some of the clothes. It makes for a really good day. Try to fill your life with surprise and don’t allow cynicism to become your ally, for it will only age you quickly…then the only surprise you’ll get is an early death

About lorettalaroche

An international stress management and humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, ‘Get a Life’.

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2 Responses to It’s the insignificant details that truly delight people…Like remembering how I take my coffee in the morning.

  1. annette143 says:

    *clapping* Yes! I’m not letting anyone “in” unless they will make Me a cup of coffee!
    gee, that’d be So nice 🙂

  2. Ted Casher says:

    A true !%er was interviewing 3 guys for 3 jobs in a gold mine. The 3 guys were an Italian, a Jew, and a Chinese The plutocrat said to the Italian; “You will be in charge of photography!” He then told the Jew, “You will be in charge of fire prevention!” Then he told the Chinese, “You will be in charge of supplies. Now you come to work at eight, tomorrow morning. Enjoy the work!”

    The next morning, the Italian and the Jew met at the mine entrance. They look around—their Chinese buddy is missing. “Hey, where is he?” “He’s gonna make us late!” Well, we don’t wait for him—take the elevator down, and we’ll get to work.”

    They then took the elevator down to the work site, and as they stepped off, the Chinese jumped out at them from behind a corner, and yelled:


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