I don’t know about you, but I LOVE watching children on talk shows – especially when they get to the part where they receive a gift.
I was watching this video online from the Ellen Degeneres show where the guest was a little girl who loves history and who knows all the presidents by heart (check it out below if you want).
Notice her face at around min. 2.00 where she is surprised with a VIP pass to a museum.
Her reaction is priceless.
While I was watching this, tears were streaming down my eyes. Her reaction really triggered something in me.
And I asked myself:
As adults, do we ever react this genuinely excited about anything?
Do we ever truly allow our natural joyful nature to shine through in any situation?
Or do we ruin moments like these with immediate fearful thoughts and worries?
Let’s pretend Macey had been an adult for a second.
She might still have been surprised (for like, a mili-second) but then perhaps she would have thought:
“Umm, I don’t deserve this present, do I? What did I do to deserve this present?”
“How will I get to the museum, I can’t go by myself. I don’t think Mom can take time off of work to go with me. Hmm, I probably can’t got but it’s a nice gesture!”
“Do I have to use this by a certain date? I need to remember to ask Ellen…”
or worst case scenario,
“Omg this is just some silly marketing trick to get more visitors to the museum, I can’t be truly happy about this.”
Okay, perhaps that last one is a little far out.
But you get the point.
When we grow up, we tend to take the magic out of situations very quickly and very automatically.
We focus on the negatives instead of the positives. We value rationalism over pure joy.
And we start thinking instead of simply letting ourselves react.
And videos like these, remind us that we have the power to choose.
We can choose the magic over the scepticism. The joy over the worries.
We can decide how we want to approach surprises in life.
The power is all ours.
YOUR NEXT STEP:
Look around you right now. What is so incredible that it could almost be magic?
Grab a notebook or open up an Evernote document, call it Coffee Break Reflections and spend the next five minutes writing down 3 things you find are pure magic.
Notice how this short exercise makes you feel.
And bring back wonder into your life.
We can all act as if the next thing in our day is the best thing that ever happened to us.
We just have to decide to do it.