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The Awesome Things

Neil Pasricha is the author of the book “The Book of Awesome“. In this book and his blog, 1000 Awesome Things, he writes about those small things in life which are easily missed but always make us feel happy.  Very often, we involuntarily describe these moments as awesome. Out of his top 1000 such awesome moments, I could relate to the following few:

#936 Perfect parallel-parking on the first try

#419 Correctly guessing if the door is push or pull

#484 Getting the Emergency Exit row on the airplane

#485 When someone saves you a seat

#498 Long comfortable silences between really close friends

#609 Finding hidden compartments in things you already own

#699 A long hug when you really need it

#762 The moment at a restaurant after you see your food coming from the kitchen and before it lands on your table

#771 Waking up before your alarm clock and realizing you’ve got lots of sleep time left

#791 Getting the armrest at the movie theater

#913 Having a whole row by yourself on the plane

In his blogs, Neil has beautifully conveyed that the charm of life is not only in the few awaited big moments but also in innumerable small moments that happen each day. I heard his TED talk titled “The 3 A’s of Awesome” where he breaks the Awesome into its 3 A’s – Attitude, Awareness and Authenticity. Any moment in life can be turned into an awesome moment with the help of these 3 A’s.

I especially liked his description for awareness where he relates to 3 year old kids. As a 3 year old kid, everything around fascinated us and caught our attention. We were more aware about the world around us and would stop-by to admire something as insignificant as a spider hanging from the leave of a plant kept in the verandah. As we grow up, we start becoming unaware of our surroundings and in this we also start missing those small “awesome” moments.

He tells an interesting story about authenticity. He talks about Rosey Grier, a former professional American football player. Rosey was a tough 300 pound skull-cracker on the field but off the field his passion was needlepoint (knitting). After his retirement, he also wrote a book “Needlepoint for Men”. Neil picks up Rosey’s story because Rosey is being authentic by being himself. He is truly following his heart, which is what authenticity is all about.

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