Day 38 ~ 177 Days of Unexpected Health Project

The Gift of Surprise

This weekend I am spending some much needed relaxation up in the mountains with eight of some of my closest friends. Over the years, we have become an incredible travel group. We could—and sometimes do—tell stories of past trips until the early hours of the morning. We have spent a good amount of time laughing until our stomachs hurt, and have definitely created some much needed joy in each others’ lives. In this way, we are vitally healthy to each other. But today, as I thought that a day could not possibly get any healthier (let’s see, today consisted of bright, warm sunshine and a fantastic day skiing), I found some Unexpected Health in…surprises.

Who doesn’t love a good surprise? As kids, my brother and I would stay up late waiting for Santa Claus to come eat our homemade cookies and drink our milk; we were also waiting to see what “he” filled our stockings with. We would sneak out, grab our grandma’s handmade stockings with our names on it and run into our rooms and dump our entire stash on the floor in front of our Mickey Mouse nightlight. Yep, I remember it as if it were yesterday. As adults, we still love a good surprise. I think, even if we don’t admit it, we still love the surprise of opening Christmas presents. But what I realized today is that some of the most seemingly insignificant surprises can be just as profound as Old Saint Nick climbing down our chimneys on Christmas Eve. I find that we underestimate how much our presence—including our surprise entrances—can literally make a loved one’s day, even weekend…and realizing how essential we are to each other is healthy.

I watched and listened to the reaction we all had when one of our friends came walking through the cabin doors this afternoon after we thought he had gone home. You could immediately feel the energy rise in the room. It was as if the group had been completed again. It’s amazing how each and every person’s dynamic in a group can positively affect the rest. And, I find it a pleasant surprise to be the recipient of such a joyful welcome when I unexpectedly attend an event. We don’t have to thrown the large-scale parties to make a surprise profound. We can create health in our loved ones and ourselves just by showing up and being present. So the next time you don’t think your presence is missed, that whether you go or not doesn’t matter, think again. Watch for the reactions you get when you walk through the doors of a home filled with friends. I bet, at that moment, you will be surprised. Because your surprise—your presence—just created a house full of health. –Until tomorrow, Jaime

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