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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Phun-size Philosophy # 66 – Surprises

Surprises are basically the astonished feeling you receive when a sudden unexpected event happens. The event occurs with some type of disbelief associated with it and it takes time for you to be able to adjust. It can also be both a positive or negative thing. The point of a surprise is to catch off guard the individual who the surprise is for. I always look forward to seeing the reaction of someone when I jump out from around a corner to scare them. They are not ready for it at all so their response is completely candid. This is because if you are surprised it means you are blindsided by pieces of information of actions so your response is completely heat of the moment. You are left with no time to prepare and you are most likely unsuspecting if it is a true surprise. You won’t have any clue of what was going on prior so it will then play against a weakness because unawareness then develops into a vulnerable spot on your collective being. If you are trying to surprise someone, the best way to go about it is to attempt to sneak around going unnoticed. The whole premise of a surprise is to be secretive. You can’t let any of the receiving parties have any clue or inclination of what’s going to happen or it won’t be an effective surprise. In order for a surprise to work well, it needs to completely slip past awareness. It can’t be something that you consciously recognize and realize what is going on. Sometimes people have some awareness of events that are going to happen but don’t have the desire or believe it has such a direct impact on their lives that they no longer attempt to pursue information on it. Sometimes I get suspicions that there may be something going on that I am not aware of some scheme behind my back but I’m not concerned enough to figure out exactly what is going on. Check out more at!

-Allan Nicholas

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