Podcast Episode 115: Stay Alert for Awesome, Part 2

    May 16, 2022

    So last week’s episode was all about awesome in the classical, deeply meaningful sense. 

    However.

    I submit to you that there’s a lot to be said for “awesome” in the colloquial, rather shallow sense, which means, simply: pleasing; very impressive

    So this week? Let’s just be shallow, you want to?

    Neil Pasricha, author of one of my favorite books, The Book of Awesome, started a tiny website called 1000 Awesome Things a while ago, and that website grew, as he says, into a warm place where people around the world came to curl up under a blanket and think about the small joys we often overlook. With so much sad news and bad news pouring down upon us, it’s fun to stop for a minute and share a universal high five with the rest of humanity.

    What started on a whim has changed me for the better too. Now when I get the thank-you wave while merging, hear the crack of ice cubes in my drink, or move clothes from the washer to the dryer without dropping anything, I just smile and enjoy the moment.

    And his book will help you do the same. Consider spending a few minutes this week enjoying these shots of awesome…and maybe coming up with a few of your own. 

    NOTES:

    Awesome: Slang. Very impressive: That new white convertible is totally awesome. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/awesome

    Pasricha, Neil. The Book of Awesome. The Berkley Publishing Group, 2010.

    Pasricha, Neil. The Three A’s of Awesome. TEDTalk, September 2010. https://1000awesomethings.com/about/

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