Sunday, April 24, 2011

Totally Awesome Things

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." 
~Epictetus

I was shopping the other day and came across this book called The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha which is based on his blog 1000awesomethings.com. It describes everyday things that most of us take for granted. I really like this blog because it makes you look at life in a different way.

I urge you to check it out and start your own list. I find this especially helpful to do on days when I'm feeling down or when things don't go the way I'd like. Gratitude for the simple things in life can turn your day around.

Here are some of the everyday things in my life which I would describe as "Awesome":

- The feeling of a Friday night at 5pm…Awesome

- When a song you really, really love that you haven’t heard in a long time comes on the radio and you crank the stereo (and sing….and don’t care if the other drivers think you’re a fool because you’re rocking out and darn it all, you work hard and you deserve this moment of craziness)…Awesome

- When you leave your purse at StarBucks, return half an hour later, and it’s still there and nothing has been taken….Awesome

- Your friends…the ones that you’re really close to; the ones you can share your dreams with and they encourage you and tell you that “yes, it is possible…that could happen to you…you could actually become friends with Oprah and have an empire just like her”; the ones that don’t judge you for having a second bowl of ice cream …Awesome

- The feel of the sun warming your skin after you’ve been inside at work all day….Awesome

- When a cute stranger smiles at you…Awesome

- Green lights…Awesome

- When you let another driver in front of you and they give you the thank you wave…Awesome

- When another driver lets you in….Awesome

- When you speed past a cop and for some reason they don’t pull you over even though you deserve it….Awesome

- Working with people who bring you immense joy and who give you the strength to make it through the work day; in fact, you call these people "friends" rather than "co-workers"...Awesome

- Driving with your windows down, the wind blowing through your hair and the warm, summer breeze against your skin…Awesome

- Wearing your old 1984 Born in the USA concert t-shirt to work because you’ve started an Annual Vintage Rock T-shirt day just so you could wear this particular t-shirt AND you successfully convinced others to do the same….Awesome

- Sleeping in on a Saturday morning….Awesome

- The feel of fresh, clean sheets on your bed ….Awesome

- Watching the sun set into the water and still being amazed at the beauty of it all… Awesome

- Watching Canadian geese in flight…Awesome

- Having an afternoon nap…Awesome

- Kittens and puppies…Awesome

- The feeling of accomplishing something which years before you thought would be impossible….Awesome

-Being able to call your parents up at any time knowing they would do anything for you and are happy to hear your voice…Awesome

- Laughing so hard that you cry...Awesome

-The feeling of having someone say they like reading your blog because it inspires them…Awesome

- Having the wisdom to know that you are blessed with so many of these amazing things that it would take you forever to write them all down...Awesome

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