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Are You Missing the “Moments Where Awesome Grows?”

If you’re finding your days filled with too much ho-hum and not enough Zowie! then it’s time to search out the awesomeness in your life.

The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

Terry Hershey

It’s easy to miss all the little, but really important, things in life – it happens all the time.  In the busy-ness of our to-do lists, we lose track of time and then, one day, we look around and see that: the holidays have come and gone but our lights are still hung from the eaves; the lemon tree has bloomed and its produce is scattered about the ground; it’s almost the end of the first quarter of the year and our resolutions are far from done.  And/or perhaps even discover that, OMG! our kids (and/or grandkids, nieces, nephews, neighborhood tots and assorted other little folks) have grown up and gone their separate ways.

Today I offer you an “instead” tactic – search out the awesomeness in your life! Make a pact with yourself that, on this 5th day of March 2013, you will be more mindful, you will be present during those ephemeral moments of goodness that only happen in the now.

And, as you navigate this next week – all seven days of it – choose to honor and savor at least one awesome moment each day.  Prepare to celebrate your very own International Day of Awesomeness on March 10th, 2013.

What is Awesomeness???

Great question! Lets start with PunchBowl.coms explanation of the International Day of Awesomeness:

This day gives us the opportunity to celebrate every person, place, thing, or idea in the world that is awesome. As the official tag line points out, “No one’s perfect, but everyone can be awesome.”

Yes, that means you and I are some of the everyone’s! Not feeling so awesome? Then take a look at Robert Louis Stevenson’s advice and stop judging yourself so harshly:

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Instead of focusing on endings, savor new beginnings. And in-betweens. Practice patience…  Every action that moves you forward matters.  Be present in the now. Celebrate often.

And if you haven’t planted any seeds today – get crackn’!

Look for the “Moments Where Awesome Grows”

The blogger who goes by the handle “Consumed By Wanderlust” suggests that we look for moments where awesome grows:

But let me say this. International Day of Awesomeness is about recognizing not just the major events and accomplishments in our lives, it’s about all of those little things that we do on a day-to-day basis that we take for granted. Things that we dismiss as not good enough or inconsequential.

I think people have a tendency to focus on the negative, the failures, the should-haves, the could-haves, or only if I would-have. We ignore all those little things that are awesome:

  • holding a loved one’s hand,
  • holding a door open for the next person,
  • thanking someone,
  • smiling at a neighbour,
  • teaching someone something new,
  • learning something new,
  • comforting someone when they are sick,
  • encouraging a child,
  • chatting with your parents,
  • laughing with friends,
  • laughing so hard that others around you can’t help but laugh.

Awesome – at least for me – is about joy, and wonder, and the endless amazement at what life has to offer.

And so I suggest that it’s in these moments, these tiny bits of oft ignored daily minutia, that we should recognize awesome. Because these are the moments where awesome grows and becomes the things of magnitude that most of us associate with the word. [italics added]

Well said!

If you’re one of the folks who have been letting your “moments where awesome grows” fly by unnoticed, if you’ve offered them neither a bonjour nor an adieu, then you’ve been forfeiting too many “endless amazement” opportunities… Make a change today, March 5th 2013 – Start Paying Attention – Awesome Is All Around You!

And Then, Go Out and Create Your Own Brand of Awesomeness!

Chelsea Fagan offers a delightfully visual set of 27 Ways To Make Someone’s Day Awesome on the ThoughtCatalog.com.  I hope you’ll treat yourself to Fagan’s art by clicking the link.  Here are a few of Fagan’s 27 ways that tickle my fancy:

  • Smile.
  • Be kind to your server in a restaurant and don’t get mad at them for things that are out of their control — understand that you’re not their only table, and the food not being good is far from their fault…
  • When a person makes conversation with you during the day about something innocuous, engage with them and ask them questions in return. Appreciate how many interesting things they have to say, and how much of a shame it is that more people don’t just strike up kind conversation.
  • Take the time to write a really nice review online of a small business that you had a great experience with, especially if they’re new.
  • Surprise someone at your work who is always giving their best but is often under-appreciated (think: interns, assistants, and receptionists) with a nice little gift, like flowers for their desk or a cupcake.
  • Let someone riding in your car play their favorite song.
  • Offer to DD [Designated Driver] for an evening out when it’s someone else’s occasion to celebrate and no one really wants to bite the bullet and drive.
  • Offer to pay for a stranger’s coffee anonymously for no reason other than to be nice.
  • Say “good morning/good afternoon/good evening” to people you cross throughout the day.

Not so difficult.  Just take a bit of thought and good intention… and being mindful of those moments where awesome grows.  Plant the seeds, celebrate the little sprouts of awesomeness.  And soon you’ll be acknowledging small miracles.

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.

— Audrey Hepburn

Put some Zowie! back in your life by minding those “moments where awesome grows”.

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