I just love the Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha. Neil describes himself as an “average guy” who began a blog to document 1000 awesome things….those free little joys that make life so sweet. His list of awesome includes things like: waking up and realizing it is Saturday; popping bubble wrap; and the smell of freshly baked bread. These are simple pleasures that can bring a smile to your face on an ordinary day.
Wednesday started out as an ordinary day for me: getting the kids off to school, going to work, and rushing home to prepare supper. But somewhere along the way, the day turned “awesome”. My first surprise was finding myself home alone after work for one whole, sweet hour. It is amazing how much can get accomplished in a house without calls of: “Mom, I’m hungry”; “Mom, where is my….” And “Mom I need a ride…” Feeling a sense of satisfaction at having completed so many chores, I grabbed my jacket to go pick up Ben. I had not worn that jacket in a few months, and was surprised to put my hand in the pocket and find a ten dollar bill. Awesome! To top off my list of awesome, Ben was very cooperative at homework time, and actually put himself to bed early, allowing me to have an early night as well. What sweet pleasures!
I think my experience with cancer has really opened my eyes to the many awesome things that happen in my life on an ordinary day……………..and hey, I just woke up and realized it is Saturday, how awesome is that!