“The moment you realize that you aren’t creating a cut-and-paste version of yourself, but rather nurturing a stunningly unique individual with thoughts and feelings and hopes and fears and opinions and preferences and plans and interests of their own is the moment parenting becomes an adventure instead of a challenge. It’s a simple shift in perspective that creates a world of difference.”
“..I had books. Reading them is like travelling to other places. Being other people. Livnig their lives..”
― Liz Braswell, As Old as Time
Reading personal blogs is like taking a journey to faraway lands, stepping into the shoes of other people, and experiencing their lives firsthand. It’s an opportunity to see the world through someone else’s eyes, to learn from their experiences, and to be inspired by their insights.
For me, writing a blog has always been about more than just sharing my thoughts with the world. It’s about creating a repository of my ideas as I expounded in my vision of building this space. I hope that my blog and my writings will remain as a legacy for my loved ones to read and learn from when I am no longer in this world.
Writing down our thoughts is, in my opinion, the best way to preserve them and to pass them on to the next generation of readers. It allows us to document our experiences, our insights, and our hopes and dreams in a way that can be shared and passed down through the ages.
So as you read my blog, know that you are not just reading the words of a stranger, but rather the thoughts and experiences of someone who is deeply invested in the power of the written word. I hope that you will find something of value in my writing, and that it will inspire you to think more deeply about your own place in the world.
This has always been my approach to most of my professional work and analytics based personal projects. It’s a joy to read someone articulating and casting aspersions on how my functioning mind runs things.
“For any challenge, the first thing to do is optimize it. Break it down to its bare minimum, simplify it, and eliminate everything that’s not completely necessary. Once you’ve boiled the task down to its essentials, the goal is to break what’s left into bite-sized tasks that can be replicated and possibly delegated.”
― Ari Meisel , Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier
“Lose yourself in books, in art, in the haze of new horizons. Lose yourself in curiosity, in knowledge, in passion. Lose yourself in feeling it all… You are your own home—please don’t ever forget that.”
From an early age, society shapes us to fit in. To blend in, avoid doing anything out of the norm. That, by definition, involves neglecting chances and opportunities to try new things. However, advancement, fulfillment, and delight are byproducts of exploration. Ironically, the society that seeks to force us to conform needs us to walk as ourselves the most. To give in the only way we know how. Finding our voice and following our path, then shining a light for others along the way.
I’ve always experienced and perceived that organic and holistic growth is always incremental and gradual instead of a sporadic leap. Incremental, constant progress over a long time frame is the recipe for the mastery of a craft, purposeful, fulfilling education, powerful aquisition of skill sets, learning something totally new (like learning a language, for example), etc. Small successes aggregate to produce massive change over time. Although the outcomes may not be spectacular right away, they will be long-lasting. And the accumulation of multiple modest gains is sometimes as potent, if not more powerful, than efforts to make large jumps. The same is true for personal change. People who make a difference always begin slowly, one person at a time. It is not completed entirely at once. It’s done gradually.
Wisdom is no more relegated to the places we desginate them from. You know, sometimes, wise words would overpour from unexpected placed, like a toddler’s scroll book. Moments to cherish whirl away like scattering baloons in the blink of an eye before it metamorphoses into a memory. As Antione de Saint-Exupery put it, ” It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. “ You might already would have deciphered that I’m trying to brew some philosophy through the title of this post while Ehanu is looking at a chapter in his mickey story book with the same title. We are all kids disguised as adults at the end of the day. Aren’t you : ) If you’re reading this, you are.