By Angela Noel
August 17, 2017
Remember in February when I said I’d created a weekly way to share the good called Awesome Nuggets? No? Of course you don’t. Why would you? I didn’t do a good job with it at all. I kept it up for a month and when a thousand people didn’t immediately start posting little gems of goodness on my Facebook page I gave up. Shame on me.
I know a few wonderful people, Traci York in particular, joined me each week. I heard from a friend or two that seeing the post made them more aware of good things happening to them or around them. But, that wasn’t enough encouragement for me to keep it up.
However, that doesn’t mean the idea is a bad one. It just means other people are doing it already, and doing it better. There are gratefulness journals and Ten Things of Thankful and many others. I think we could all continue to offer praise to others, and open up our awareness to the everyday good around us. Oh yes, I definitely think so. But I don’t think you need ME to provide that opportunity for you. That’s where I messed up: I created a solution for a problem that didn’t exist while ignoring the actual problem. What is the actual problem? I’ll tell you.
I, Angela Noel, need a venue to share all the awesomeness I see around me. I need to share it. Because in sharing it, it feels real to me. It shines a light in dark corners. I understand things better when I share the good, out loud or in print. In this, I am as selfish as they come.
So my Weekly Way to Share the Good will morph to an occasional gushing post about all the random goodness I’ve seen lately. I’d be absolutely DELIGHTED to have you contribute what you’ve seen. I love living those experiences through your words. I’d like to hear more about the beautiful little somethings you see wherever you may be.
My List (in no particular order):
- I was running on a trail surrounded by prairie grasses and wildflowers. A giant moth flew up in my face and came at my eyeball on a suicide mission. My eyelid closed just in time to keep the moth out. Thank you, eyelid. You’re amazing. Moth: Quit attacking people’s eyeballs. Not cool.
- On a mission to run an errand I didn’t want to be running, I glanced to the side of the street as I drove in an unfamiliar neighborhood. An older gentleman of grandparent age pushed a stroller with an infant sleeping peacefully inside. He smiled, maybe he even hummed, as he walked along. I love that.
- I ran eight and a half miles, a personal best distance, without dying. Hooray!
- My kid said, “You’re the best mommy because you give me the things I need, some of the things I want and all the love you have to give.” Obviously, this definition applies to lots of moms and dads out there–everyone I know in fact. And that’s a pretty great thing.
- One of my favorite people had a scary night, but came home the next day to smile and laugh again.
- My friend, Hadley Barrows, shared an awesome tip from her miraculous brain. I call it “The Five-Minute Miracle.”
Here’s how The Five-Minute Miracle works:
First, decide on a longterm goal or aspiration.
Second, make a list of things you can do in five minutes (max) that contribute to reaching that goal.
Finally, do any three of those five-minute activities every day.
For instance, I want a writing career. My list has things like, “Read an article from Writer’s Digest.” Or “Research an agent’s list.” Or “Write a scene or a page for any WIP (Work in Progress–like a short story or one of my novel projects.) I LOVE this incredible idea and it’s super fun and easy to commit fifteen minutes to move the needle on my longterm goal forward just a little bit in the midst of everything else–you know LIFE–that goes on around me.
- I received my “Most Inspirational Blogger” runner-up certificate from the incomparable Sacha Black and her team (Geoff LePard, Hugh Roberts, and Ali Isaac.) They could have sent a PDF, but they sent the actual signed certificate, which costs money, all the way to me. Now I get to look at it on my little writer’s desk and feel happy and humbled and grateful every day.
- I had a twenty minute conversation with a six-year-old who sat next to me on a grassy slope in the sunshine. She told me her favorite color is purple and her favorite food is bacon. She asked me to tell her a story, and I did.
- An unknown neighbor brought our trashcans in when we were away on a camping trip.
- I’m lucky enough to work for a company that has a fully-staffed gym in the building. Free membership for employees and expert advice coupled with creative programming make this one heck of a benefit. For instance, the current challenge, dubbed “The Biggest Winner,” requires teams to earn points by completing various workouts and activities. Together with being fun, the six-week game encourages healthy effort and teamwork. My teammates, Erica and Julia, rock. Even if we don’t win. We win.
- My friend Shannon and her husband became foster parents for the first time. Shannon has an incredible way of asking for what she wants, without attachment but with steely resolve. She wants to impact people, especially women. She marches towards her dream and takes others with her, arm and arm.
- My great uncle and aunt were the guests of honor at a family party celebrating their ninetieth, and eighty-ninth birthdays respectively. In addition, they had a wedding anniversary coming up–their sixty-first. They have an unreasonably high opinion of me, which says more about their kindness than any true merit of mine. Even though I met most of them for the first time at this event, their children, grandchildren, and friends, welcomed my family like we’d spent holidays together for the last forty years. Being among them is like eating warm, fresh bread right out of the oven.
- My husband and I attended out very first National Night Out with our neighbors. As a result, we met beekeepers, grandparents, children, gardeners, and someone who wants to give me new car mats for free. Neighbors are awesome.
- Here are a few blog posts (mind you, these are only a few, there are so many good ones) that I’ve enjoyed lately.
- Weaving a Story: A Journal, a Loom, and a Corn Cob Pipe by Erin Burton of Unbound Roots.
- Proven Strategies for Building my Blog Community by Gabe Burkhardt of (Almost) Unsalvageable.
- An Open Letter to George R.R. Martin by Kate Bitters of The Bitter Blog.
- Making Sense of the Universe (Or, Musings of a Lunatic) by Dr. Allison Brown of Fulfill Your Life’s Purpose Through Love, Not Fear
- Take a Letter, Miss Henry by Alice of Lutheranliar Looks at Life.
- Just Another Book Club-July Book (All the Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr) by theBeasley of Just Another Blog (from a woman who’s just entered her 40s).
- How to Work for Your Favorite Rapper by Hospey of Hospey How To.
- Weddings, Passion and Self-Conscious Creativity by Shaun Kellett of Clockwork Clouds.
- An Observation on the Perception of an Arbitrarily Defined Convention on Dynamic Stasis.
That’s my list for now. But I’m keeping my eyes open. I hope you are too.
If you’re a blogger, please add a link in the comments to any of your own posts that talk about your favorite things, or anything you’ve noticed lately that made you smile.
If you’re not a blogger, or are and don’t have a post you want to share, just add a note about anything you’ve seen or experienced lately that lights you up.