A couple of months ago, I was reading a TED blog, when I found this piece on making your life more surprising. Now, I didn’t even know that surprisologist was even a word, even less, a profession, but it is. It’s sad that people might need an expert or a professional to tell them how to be suprised – really sad. However, I get it. It’s so easy to fall into a routine and to stop noticing the little things that make each day unique. When I was working at the schools, I never ceased to be surprised by the children and the adults with whom I worked. When we first moved here, it was also easy to be surprised because everything was new and different. But as time went by (and I mean just a few days, even), my senses became accustomed to the sights, sounds, and smells that surrounded me. Then winter came, and everything seemed gray and gloomy.
I guess I needed that article after all! Once I read it, I dragged a friend with me to follow one of Tania Luna’s tips and collected sensations for a few days. We chose a sense to focus on, and for a day or two, we paid special attention to our environment to find something we hadn’t stopped to notice before focusing on just one sense. Such an easy but incredibly enriching exercise!
Some of my “Surprises”
– Snow glitters
– The feel of the sun on my skin after many days of gray skies feels like a luscious kiss
– Cauliflower looks like a brain
– Dosas are an explosion of flavor in my mouth – Yum!!!
– The crunching sound I hear when walking on the snow makes me hungry
– It’s almost impossible to separate your senses! I tried to isolate one sense, but, somehow, that sharpened the others – helping me find even more surprises along the way.
(Excerpt from The Woman Who Heard Color by Kelly Jones)
– There are so many things I take for granted!
– My brain registers sights, smells, sounds, textures, and I need to make a deliberate choice to acknowledge what I’m experiencing
– Go out and enjoy life! It goes by too fast, and it’s too easy to ignore the beauty that surrounds us.