An Awesome Blog

Posted: April 18, 2012 in Health, Videos

I tend to discover blogs from time to time and obsess over them. I bookmark them and then read them, page by page, like some Lifetime movie marathon Sunday staring Meredith Baxter. This happens a lot. I just find people so fascinating. Some are dumb, I admit being obsessed with good and bad blogs equally. I do not discriminate. I would never bore you with the bad ones, but this one is worth sharing.

The author of the blog is Neil Pasricha. He is a New York Times best selling author as well. His blog is what got him to where he is today. His story is, well, fascinating and completely worthy of my obsession. He was a speaker at TEDTalks in 2009, which is where I first saw him. He is a “normal” guy, raised in Canada. Had a humble upbringing. Like many of us he grew up and fell in love. Also like many of us, he experienced a time period of bad news, a “rough patch” if you will. Faced with the suicide of a close friend and his relationship falling apart, he began to feel as if life was a dark place. From somewhere inside that dark place, however, he saw a small light. That light was a three year old child. He watched how that child looked at the world as only a child can, for the first time. In that child he began to see the hope for himself. His story from that point on changes from that of sadness and despair, to hope and happiness.

He went home and began a blog (as it seemed everyone was doing at the time). In his writings online he began a list of the little things in life that are good and pure. Things like when an oncoming car flashes its lights at you to warn you of a cop up ahead. Hitting a bunch of green lights in a row. My favorite, the parking log “pull through”. His list grew over time, and when it was finished, he aptly titled his blog 1000 Awesome Things.

His readers grew from his mother, to his close family, and friends, and then it skyrocketed. It kept growing and growing until one day he got a phone call that informed him that his blog received the “Best Blog in the World” award – which turned out to be not fake, as NEil had thought it sounded at first.

His story is so common. People lose their jobs, their faith, their friends. Life has ups and it has downs. As human beings we have choices to make when faced with the bad times. We can spiral down or bounce back and fight. I, personally have never been one to dwell on the bad and I try to look for the good in everything and everyone. I truly believe that the little “awesome” things in life that connect us to a better place – whatever it is that you believe that “better place” is.

Check out the blog, it worth a look.
1000 Awesome Things

Check out the TEDTalk that Pasricha is in if you have 18 minutes to spend on “the little things” šŸ™‚

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