CARLA0716

SparkPoints
 

The Smell of Gasoline

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Today after my helluva run I decided to do the rainy Sunday thing and head to the mall. Got some new clothes for the new job. With some great 'back to school' sales going on. Alls good.

Then I went to Chapters for a couple of hours to hang out, grab a Starbucks cookie and chillax before I went home. While I was wandering around I came across a book called "The Book of Awesome". Its simply a list of the small things in life that we really don't notice for anything longer than two seconds, but are so good and comforting or happy-fying or AWESOME at the time. It just made me realize that when we come across these small things, we should observe and feel them, take them for what they are. We get so wrapped up in all of daily to-do lists to really slow down and 'smell the gasoline' (one of my favorite AWESOME things). Why are we in a rush so much? Why don't we realize that if we don't get that final mile in now, we can get it in later? I guess this is kind of a 'don't sweat the small stuff' idea, but reading the list of AWESOME things made me realize that I need to be more aware and just be.

Here are a few of my favorites from the list: (from www.1000awesomethings.com - its an ongoing list, currently ending at #435)

1. Locking people out of the car and pretending to drive away
2.When you pull to a red light and the guy in front of you nudges up a bit so you can make a right turn
3.Sleeping in new bed sheets
4.Living with someone who doesn't mind killing spiders
5.Finally getting a piece of popcorn that’s been stuck in your teeth all day out
6. Getting a trucker to blow their horn (a fave as kids - it made our day!)
7. Having a whole row by yourself on the plane (this was the best on an overnight from L.A. to Toronto)
8.Taking your shoes and socks off after a really long day
9.Taking your bra off after wearing it for hours (now THIS is AWESOME)
10. The other side of the pillow
.... and the list goes on.

KNow what was AWESOME today? I bought a book, that looks really good, for TWO bucks! Beat that!

But the most awesome thing is the softness of Pepper and Cricket's hair/fur. So warm and cuddly.

So, next time when you're all frustrated, and the boss /wife / husband / kids tick you off, its snowing, the microwave just died...... just take off your bra.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • JMERLAU
    AH...Carla....are YOU talking to ME?!?!

    Sheesh Girl...that hit me where it counts. I NEVER take time to smell the gasoline!!

    I'm working on it though!!

    THANKS
    3746 days ago
  • NANHBH
    Carla,

    Love this blog! I do something similar with a girlfriend -- each evening, we email each other 5 things we are grateful for that day. It could be that I found Yoga socks on sale, or got all green lights on the way to school, or got an unexpected phone call from a friend, or did all the push-ups for the day's challenge...you get the idea. I think I might start adding a couple of awesome things to my daily list! I know that I can add "taking off my bra" daily! There's nothing more awesome than that!
    emoticon
    Nancy
    3746 days ago
  • NANHBH
    Carla,

    Love this blog! I do something similar with a girlfriend -- each evening, we email each other 5 things we are grateful for that day. It could be that I found Yoga socks on sale, or got all green lights on the way to school, or got an unexpected phone call from a friend, or did all the push-ups for the day's challenge...you get the idea. I think I might start adding a couple of awesome things to my daily list! I know that I can add "taking off my bra" daily! There's nothing more awesome than that!
    emoticon
    Nancy
    3746 days ago
  • MAPETERSON42
    There are a few of my favorite things... (That movie isn't one of my favorite things. emoticon )

    I have to say, you almost made me look up the book. I still might.
    3752 days ago
  • GRACEFULIFE
    Well in my case it would be more like take off the BRO. Or the manssiere, depending on who you side with in that discussion. emoticon
    3753 days ago
  • SOUTHIE2010
    Thanks Carla!!! I needed to see a blog like this tonight! Its so true that there are so many awesome things around us or happening to us at any given time!

    Hope you have an AWESOME first day tomorrow!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!
    3753 days ago
  • HOPERISING
    I like this idea. I'm going to steal it for a down day.
    3753 days ago
  • WHIMSICAL3
    Wonderful words of advice...I'll keep that in mind the next time I'm in a disagreement with my fiance...just take off my bra! Hahaha, I'm sure that will solve all that problems I'm having!
    3753 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment


    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.
 

More Blogs by CARLA0716