Book of Holiday Awesome — Pasricha
For several years I have posted stories in a series that ties to the work of Neil Pasricha and the Book of Holiday Awesome. Thanks for the inspiration Neil, and for those who enjoyed these posts. Back due to demand…happy holiday season planning everyone. @fergdevins
The Holiday season and the celebration of Christmas
Firstly, for me as a Christian, it is truly the Christmas season. I have also had many Muslim, Jewish and Hindu friends suggest to me that they also look at this coming time of year as the “Christmas Season”, with other celebrations of faith and community included. I sometimes find it humorous when companies or individuals try to neutralize the season to be non-faith based. “Holiday Greetings”, “Season’s Greetings”, are often phrases we might here. As a close Muslim friend of mine stated, “get over it, it is Christmas!”. Whatever your faith, it is a time of year to be grateful for all that we have and to work towards greater peace, harmony, and joy amongst all human beings. During these COVID-19 times, we will likely be gathering less and distancing more. However, there are so many social channels for us to help replace the face to face with virtual gatherings. Here’s wishing everyone a safe and secure Christmas and Holiday season.
A Time With Family and Friends
Regardless of faith or your own beliefs, it is a wonderful time of year where family and friends rejoice. I was truly taken by the work of Neil Pasricha and his “Book of (Holiday) Awesome”. As Neil works on his mission to help people live happy lives, his work in this book is certainly a written legacy of happiness. So…virtually create your own bits of #awesome this holiday season.
Neil Pasricha’s Work
I reached out to Neil in November of 2017 and asked for his permission to post and share some of the content from his wonderful work throughout the holiday season. He graciously accepted my request. Thanks, Neil! For true joy and guaranteed smiles, check out Neil’s works at Amazon.ca.
Time for Awesomeness
So, over the next number of weeks as Christmas andd the new year approach, I am going to share excerpts from Neil Pasricha’s work “The Book of (Holiday) Awesome”.
I hope that it may warm your hearts and make you think a bit of how you might spread a little Holiday Awesomeness as we wrap up 2017.
Here we Go
The first thought of awesomeness from page three of Neil’s book is related to “Getting a Christmas card from someone you thought you lost touch with”. Realistically, we are all probably a little less involved with the physical handwritten Christmas cards as the year’s progress. There are so many “online” options to choose from. Many just simply post an electronic message to their “contact list” and email blast away. I’m still a big fan of personalized outreach on special occasions. It is wonderful to share a Christmas message that is personalized so that your networks can relate to you and your family and loved ones at Christmas. However, there truly is nothing like receiving that direct connection from someone you have not heard from in a long time — whether that is a physical greeting card or email.
As Neil points out, “life is short and always wavering”, thus friendships are worth sustaining, worth investing in, “worth enjoying and worth savouring”.
Through my networks, I hope to add a little spice of happiness, from the inspiration that Neil Pasricha has provided through his work.
Have an Awesome Holiday Season everyone — May the Christmas Spirit be large in your lives!