I recently read that "Awesomeness is not a privilege, but the full bloom of a seed that grows within us, that rewards us upon fulfilling one potential after another," and I don't think I could have said it better. Awesomeness is, well, awesome. We love being awesome and we love things that seem awesome to us. Because we're all so different, things that we believe are awesome can be very different as well. Sometime I might like a lot may not appeal to others and vice versa. However, recently I had the privilege of reading the The Book of Awesome, written by Neil Pasricha, author of the blog 1000 Awesome Things and it's helped me to realize that there are a lot of things that people generally find to be awesome -- no matter who they are. For example, here are some of my favorite awesome things from Neil's book:
- Seeing a cop on the side of the road and realizing you're going the speed limit anyway (rarely happens to me, but it's AWESOME when it does!)
- Tripping and realizing no one saw you (happens to me WAY too often!)
- Catching someone singing in their car and laughing with them (I'm usually the one singing, but it's still pretty awesome...)
- Laughing so hard you make no sound at all (the very best kind of laughter, in my opinion!)
- Hanging your hand out the car window (such a great one for these spring days!)
- Celebrating your pet's birthday even though they have no idea what's going on (did that this week for Bella's 6th birthday and, let's just say, it was AWESOME)
Reading Neil's book has shown me not only that there are a lot of awesome things in the world, but that a lot of people think the same things are awesome. We have more in common than we realize, which, in and of itself, is pretty awesome. As I was reading the book, I thought to myself, "It makes me really happy to think about awesome things!" and it was then that I realized that there are a lot of benefits to thinking about the things that are awesome in your life. Here are some of the benefits of finding the awesome things in life...
The Benefits of Looking for Awesome
You're focusing on the positive. When you're looking for things that are awesome, you'll find yourself opening your mind to the positive things around you. After reading Neil's book, I thought to myself, "What other things can I find that are awesome?" The more I started thinking about it, the more I would come up with. The more I was looking for awesomeness, the more I was focusing on all of the great things -- both big and small -- in my life.
You're practicing gratitude. By looking for things that are awesome, you are indirectly practicing gratitude in your life. You're looking around and identifying all of the things you find awesome and, in a way, you are becoming thankful for them just by noticing them. Though you might not directly think you are thankful for these things, but addressing their awesomeness, you are highlighting their worth and appreciating them in your life.
You're being more mindful. Paying attention to awesome things means paying attention in general. If you're looking for things that are really awesome for you then you're paying attention to what's going on around you. In essence, you're living in the moment. Looking for awesome things means paying attention and paying attention means living in the moment -- which is a pretty awesome way to live.
You're identifying what matters to you. When you read Neil's book (and you really should!), you'll probably identify with a lot of things in there. I definitely thought to myself on more than one occasion, "Yes! That's really awesome!" When you are looking for awesome things in your own life, you're helping yourself to be better understand what matters to you. While a lot of us might share the same love of some things, we are also very unique. Looking for awesome things helps you, in a way, look for yourself.
- You're reinforcing the good. Not only are you tuning into the positive aspects of your life and the world when you're on a quest for awesome things, but you're also reinforcing the idea that there truly is goodness in the world every time you find an awesome thing. The more awesome things I find (and I find a lot now that I'm on the look out for them!), the more I realize how good things really are. Even when things are bad, awesome things can be found, and, in searching for them, I feel as if I reinforce the idea that this world really is a good place.
If you haven't already ordered a copy of Neil's book (and I know some of you already have!), I highly recommend you do so. Not only will the book prompt you to begin your own quest for awesomeness, but it will also do a few other awesome things: teach you new things (I actually got some great tips from the book!), make you realize you're not alone in some of the quirky things you find to be awesome, and, most importantly, it will make you laugh. It really is a laugh-out-loud book (and it's even better if you can read it with someone else so be sure to share The Book of Awesome love!).
As you see from the list above, there are quite a few benefits to looking for the awesome in your life. Whether you realize it or not, looking for awesome things in your life can have a lot of positive benefits. So, I'm going to help you out by asking you to think about what's awesome in your life. Spend some time today contemplating what YOU think is awesome.
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