What is awesome about your life? Do you feel that you can find something amazing in every day that you spend on this planet? Or do you see only gloomy days following one after another and taking all the joy out of your life?
I want to talk about something absolutely awesome today. Your life. In details.
Small, even tiny things can make the biggest difference between a bad day and a day full of awesome discoveries.
Just recently I have discovered something awesome – The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha. This book is a great fountain of positive thoughts. What I loved the most is that you do not have to read the whole book at once. You just open the book at any page whenever you feel that you need an additional source of positivity for the day.
You can keep this book in your bedside table, take it on a road trip, keep it in your desk at work (and read a few stories when your boss or your colleagues are giving you a hard time), or take it on a plane with you. You can never get tired of it!
The book is not just a funny collection of stories. It is a guide that will teach you to see amazing things in your daily life (at least this is how I see it). It will show you how to get inspiration from things like seeing your loved one smile in their sleep, coming home after a long day to the smell of someone cooking dinner and putting on your favorite comfy T-shirt at the end of a busy day.
I believe that seeing awesomeness in the world around you is the best strategy to always feel in balance. I’ve asked Neil Pasricha to answer a few questions about life balance and his book. His answers are absolutely awesome!
1. What is the most awesome part of your life?
Well, I’d say right now it’s certainly getting to talk to so many people about awesome things.
I honestly never imagined on that chilly spring night in 2008 that anything would amount of my tiny website 1000 Awesome Things. Honestly, it was just dark days outside – ice caps melting, wars raging, forests burning, hurricanes swirling – and I wanted to remind myself of the simple things like bubble wrap, snow days, and the cold side of the pillow.
All of a sudden the site’s won all kinds of awards, I’m in the papers, there are 10 million hits, and ten agents are approaching me for a book deal. So that’s pretty awesome.
Also, I ate a delicious tuna sandwich for lunch today. Absolutely perfect tuna to mayo ratio. And some spilled out the back so I ate it with my fingers afterwards. That’s pretty awesome too!
2. What is the most “unawesome” thing (if any) in your life?
Well, life’s not always smooth sailing. For me, for anyone.
Over the course of the site I’ve battled a lot of personal hardships. My best friend Chris took his own life and my wife told me she didn’t love me anymore . Losing the two closest people in my life at the same time wasn’t easy… and it’s taken a long time to grieve and move on. But really, it’s talking about the smell of gasoline, thinking it’s Thursday when it’s Friday, and chatting about the last day of school that’s helped me.
I feel like a lot of us – maybe all of us – have pains and tough situations. And I sorta feel like maybe focusing on the good things in life, on the awesome things, can cheer us over to the other side. There’s a lot of hope out there if we want it.
3. What is life balance in your opinion? Do you feel that you have it? How do you get it?
Well, I mean everyone would have their own definition of balance. For me there’s gotta be a swirling sense deep in your stomach and buzzing on your insides that tells you if you’re feeling settled and relaxed and at ease with yourself.
There are days I have that feeling and days I don’t. There will be weeks or months I’m in balance and probably weeks or months I’m not. For me the key is reminding myself how lucky we are to be here – reminding myself that we’re the last in a long line of survivors that had babies for hundreds of thousands of years so we could be alive. Zooming my head way out and remembering we’re spinning on the only planet in the giant, big ol’ galaxy that can actually support life. And we get to be humans! The ones with math and music and magic and mysteries.
We’re so lucky every single day. And we only have a few years to enjoy all of these tastes, smells, sights and sounds. We’ll never be as young as we are right now… so that always reminds me to appreciate when the cashier opens a new lane at the grocery store, getting called up first to the dinner buffet at a wedding, or peeling an orange in one shot!
4. How do you find awesome things in life? Do you have some technique to help all of us see “awesomeness” around?
First up, I talk about it on 1000 Awesome Things and The Book of Awesome every day. There have been times I wrote the daily entry in a crummy mood and let it, or the comments, or previous posts cheer me up.
But I will say: I don’t think it’s necessary or even ideal to be perfectly perked up every day. As long as we’re feeling ourselves, aware of our thoughts, and moving forward and pushing on… we’ll be okay.
So my technique? I suppose it’s watching for the tiny things all around us all the time. Just paying attention to the swirling clouds of cream going into coffee or the fun of slipping through a door as it’s shutting without touching it.
Anastasiya, thank you sincerely for the opportunity! I really appreciate all your support and hope you have a very AWESOME day!