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Gary Wimsett, Jr. - Issue #18

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Abhi Takes the Camaro Around the Block 
 

Gary Wimsett, Jr.

May 27 · Issue #18 · View online
The High Five goes out every Friday morning - just in time to jump start your weekend. I'm handpicking five things I think you'll enjoy discovering, listening to, or thinking about as you head out to do great things.

Abhi Takes the Camaro Around the Block 

Kayaking in Gainesville, Florida / Photo: Abhi Lokesh
Hey everyone. I’m Abhi, CEO/resident peanut butter expert of a little company called Fracture and someone lucky enough to call Gary a friend. He thought that it would be a good idea to let me guest-write this week, and I said yes before he could come to his senses and revoke the invite. It’s like when your older brother finally gives you the keys to the Camaro and let’s you take it for a spin around the block…as long you don’t total it. Hey, I won’t make any promises. But let’s see what this puppy can do:
(Book) Little Victories: Perfect rules for imperfect living. A fun, light, self-deprecating read with a much deeper point. Life isn’t about grandeur and opulence. It’s the little things. Like realizing if you don’t have wifi access for a few hours, you won’t die, or that trying to be cool actually makes you less cool - so rock that fanny pack proudly. For me, it was teaching my nephew how to walk; he took a couple of glorious steps, squealed in delight, batted his beautiful brown eyes at me… and then promptly threw up on me. Precious. It’s a victory in my book.
(Blog) Higher Thoughts by Jonas Ellison. I like my wisdom bite-sized; wise words that I can ponder during the day and not feel overwhelmed by. That’s why I enjoy Jonas’s posts so much. Consistently deep, articulate, thought-provoking musings on the subjects that really matter: love, happiness, passion - but it’s never too much. Never too long. It’s Goldilocks - it’s just right. That’s a delicate balance to strike, and Jonas does it well. Here are two of my favorites: Love - Receive It Your Way and The Kind Ones.
(Short Film) The Present - a simple yet beautiful animated short film that will definitely hit you in the feels. It sent me through a roller coaster of emotions, all in about 4 minutes. Apparently I’m not the only one who enjoyed it. It’s so good that it’s won 59 film awards since it’s debut in 2014 and the creators were soon offered jobs at Disney and Pixar. Yeesh, apparently they just let anyone work there these days. No spoilers here, but let’s just say I immediately wrapped my 90 lb English lab, Rajah, in a massive bear hug and swore he could have as many treats as he wanted forever. Wait a minute…did he Jedi mind trick me into watching the video?
(Cool product link) Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: Bedtime stories are awesome. Bedtime stories reinvented to tell the inspiring true-life tales about 100 real women who changed the world? Way more awesome. I’m just going to buy this and read it to myself.
I have a really hard time being present. I’m always slipping back into the past or dreaming about the future. I’m trying to be better about just…being. Recently I found out one of my employees has a few extra kayaks he takes out on the lake after work, so I jumped at the chance to tag along. Who knew that, so close to home, I could experience a sight like this (picture above)? I was awestruck - if views like this don’t make you stop and appreciate the moment, I don’t know what will.
Speaking of awe, I came across this really interesting article about how we as humans process the feeling of awe, and how it could help us be better thinkers by really tapping into our desire to want to know more about, well, everything. It really resonated with me, and I’ve been practicing doing the 15 minute “Awe walk” they lay out at the end of the article. I realized I’m in awe of so many things that seem so simple: the stars on a clear night, the incredibly perfumed scent of magnolias blossoming around my neighborhood, how I can eat 5 sushi rolls and still be hungry. So many questions, so little sushi. Try the awe walk for yourself. What are you in awe of?
There you have it. See Gary, no dents on the Camaro! No, I can’t explain why the front fender is missing. Don’t ask questions. Enjoy the weekend everyone, and I hope you enjoyed some of the links I shared. I truly had a blast.

Cheers - Abhi
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