As summer approaches, my tradition is to make a list of all the books I want to read. This year my list is longer than normal- guess I haven’t read enough lately! One of the books on my list is The Book of (Even More) Awesome by Neil Pasricha. It is a follow up book to, The Book of Awesome.
About a month ago as I was getting ready for work, I heard Neil in an interview on the Today Show. I had heard of the book before but hearing him talk about it really peeked my interest. So, I bought the book. Since that time the book has sat on my desk until this week when it became my first book to read from my summer reading list. If you want to check out the book, click here. (http://1000awesomethings.com/book/)
The book is, well, AWESOME! It isn’t kind of book you can open it up and read any page. In the introduction to the book Pasrisha states, “Nobody can predict the future, but we do know one thing about it: It ain’t gonna go according to plan.” He goes on to talk more about his idea for these books and how his real hope is that people are reminded “that the best things in life are free”. As I read these words, I found myself agreeing completely with his thoughts. So often I am looking for the BIG things and I forget about the simple things that make me smile. So for the past few mornings, I have started my day reading this book. It’s refreshing and a great reminder that there are things in daily life that are truly awesome.
Some of the awesome things he write about include:
· When your fries order has a few onion rings stashed at the bottom
· Picking up something that turns out to be a lot lighter than you expected
· When someone saves you a seat
As I’ve been reading the last few days it has given me a reminder to pay attention to the awesome things in my day that make me smile and to appreciate those moments. If I were writing a book of awesome, it would include:
· Hearing a child say they love you
· Talking to friends you haven’t seen in years like no time has passed
· Towels right out of the dryer!
· Getting your inbox to 0
If you were writing a your own personal book of awesome, what would you include?