There’s a time when a “nice” or “positive” surprise has an added impact to it. It’s when all hope about something reasonably or logically is gone and it’s set aside if not completely forgotten, then later it happens more or less as intended initially. From that point, things continue as if there had been no stoppage in the thing, so the principle isn’t there if something has been substituted. It’s true only if things are taken up where left off, there’s no harm done or loss and it involved pleasant or good things.
A practical example of that in action happened today. Actually there have been three incidents of it in the past two weeks or so, but today’s is practical and good and not too extra-ordinary. The food truck was due today. The driver is prompt and scheduled for arrival sometime between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., which is a good time but which came and went while he didn’t. When 2:00 p.m. passed by thoughts drifted to alternatives, but nothing was set into motion. He showed up at 2:30 p.m. instead of the usual 12:30 p.m.
The late arrival shot down an important piece of mail that needed to go out, and that shot down the day’s commentaries (started but nowhere near finished), and that’s not good in either case, but commentary (at least this one of them) is here, just late, and the mail may get there adequately. It might be worse if the entries had been more regular recently and if an extra day had not been figured into the mail delivery. It hasn’t all ended well yet, but it may. The delay was unavoidable as what held the man up was a highway accident.
Keep trying is a good approach.