I don't know if anyone has ever read C.S. Lewis' Surprised by Joy, but it made an impression on me as an undergraduate; the title alone made me curious. I have learned to live for those moments of "joyous surprise" in a number of ways, but primarily in a promise I made to myself to learn something from someone every day. For example, I would sit in the front of the bus going toward the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NYC, and I started chatting up the driver. This guy was in his 50's and was in recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder for a number of years, and he told me about his "forced humility," when fighting against being rebellious & defiant. He said he that everyday when he got home from work, he would take his work shoes and push them under his bed far enough that he was forced to get on his knees to reach them. This, he said, "forces me in the morning to quickly ask God for help in my day, and when I get home, I am on my knees & thank God that today I am sober and grateful." Bang! A moment of "joyous surprise" for someone who is likewise defiant & rebellious! Obviously, not every "learning" opportunity is equally profound or equally surprising - in fact, most are simple & mundane - but are all useful & convey something to me, but when those moments of surprise occur, they are absolutely joyous.