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Awesomeness, one connection at a time

April 11, 2012

What do an old poster, a watercolour painting, retirement and a viral blog have in common?  If I’ve learned anything from #change11, #cck12 and #ds106, it must be something to do with connections and networks.

This morning, one of the insightful and delightful people in my life shared this news article about the upcoming 1000th awesome thing on Neil Pasricha’s blog.  Little did she know that I had heard of the blog last year and I was inspired to buy Neil’s second book for a friend who was cartwheeling into retirement.

Strangely enough, I was sorting through some old picture frames the other day and found a poster that I’d bought at a university campus sale nearly two decades ago called 930 Things To Be Happy About, based on a book by Barbara Ann Kipfer.

Leaving my thoroughness tendencies aside, I chose never to read all 930 things top to bottom.  Instead, I would glance at a few random items, trying to read something different each time and always turning away smiling.  The poster seemed to provoke a similar reaction for this person, whom I found when I Googled the poster title this morning.

Here are 25 things that I consider awesome:

– The golden skin of cheese on a pizza

– When our dog crunches a potato chip

– When my turtle yawns

– The clucking Cadbury bunny

– Seeing a rabbit hop across the lawn at dusk

– Making a double bubble with the little plastic wand

– Skipping rope songs

– The perfect balance of lemon and meringue

– When the full moon looks ridiculously large

– Not having a line-up at the bank machine

– Cherry lip balm

– Having three paydays in a month

– When someone else unloads the dishwasher

– Marbles

– The original watercolour painting that I bought with my first real paycheque (shown above)

– Digital photography

– Raspberry-filled Timbits

– Sour candies

– Electronic calendar reminders

– Well-worn playing cards

– Shadow puppets

Crab apple trees in bloom

– Fireworks

– Mr. Sketch scented markers (especially the red and blue ones)

– Laura Secord cream eggs

I wonder if Neil Pasricha ever read Barbara Ann Kipfer’s work or vice versa?  Or if there are many overlaps in what each author identified so many years apart?  Maybe I’ll make some time to compare the two.  Or maybe I’ll just leave each of them to be awesome in their own right.


From → Smarter worker

  1. jennymackness permalink

    I think we’ve been thinking along similar lines today. Have you seen this video –


    • This is a great video, Jenny, humorous and insightful and an easy listen. Thanks for sharing and have a great week(end)! 🙂

  2. E Kenney permalink

    Oh – the Cadbury bunny. favourite. I still laugh out loud when the Cadbury bunny lion ‘clucks’.

    Your blog reminded me of my 1st encounter with employee engagement in the form of a ‘motivational speaker’. I was working in retail, half my current age, unspeakably shy, and very eager to learn anything I could about customer service. The speaker for the evening, an accomplished customer service specialist, moved to the front of the stage, ready to wow the packed room of local business people. I was thoroughly engaged, vowing to remember and implement each strategy.

    Instead, too many years later, I remember only one anecdote, which at the time seemed oddly out of place. He described a romantic event in his life – an engagement or anniversary… I really don’t remember. Instead of the traditional flowers or chocolates, he gave his honey a list of the 100 things he loved about her. Each love, carefully considered, joyfully relived each time his pen went to paper, listed on a simple sheet of paper. The experience – a gift for himself, really.

    • What a wonderful thing to recall from many moons ago! I hope their list continued to grow over the years. Thanks for this! 🙂

  3. Great TED video and a good subject to discuss at the end-of-winter office meeting. We must be 3/4 of the way through a theory of the significance of all our professional development days for the next month focusing on the positive benefits of pretending we like where we work and who we work with. These sops to baser the instincts of cheerfulness and in-cautious jocularity can only sully the waters of grumpiness and reduce all decision making to a choice between eating the ears off a chocolate bunny or the head off a marshmallow duckie. Is this not a bad influence on our students?

    Personally, I have way to much respect for my sophisticated fellow workers to submit them to the puffery of faux-collegiality and sophomoric merriment. Are we not adults here?


    • Thanks, Eeyore, this fits well with the notion that struck me, shortly after writing the post, of starting a list of things that tick me off. The first being the random bits and bugs (?) that accumulate in the glass bowl under my ceiling light. Followed closely by people who leave dog poo on our lawn. Uh oh, the list could hit a 1000 in mere days, not months!

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