Awesomeness, one connection at a time
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
– 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
– 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