Hello internet friends,
It has been 6 long months since I last wrote one to you - a period of time where too many difficult things has happened, and one that I’m glad to leave behind. I hope you remember this newsletter that you signed up for many months ago.
In some ways 2019 felt like I hit ground zero and I have been trying to set myself up for this new decade to embark on new journeys of inquiry into inner and outer worlds. I’m leaning into the wisdoms of other people to have a healthier view of the world and I’m updating my practices to move my mind and body in new ways. 2020 will hit me in all sorts of new ways and I plan to receive it as fully as I can.
I’ve been trying to write regularly lately, beginning with a daily writing practice that I call ‘Moment of Joy’. The task: “Write about one moment of joy in my life, daily, for an entire year, even when and especially when I feel like I’m struggling to find something to be joyful about.”
At the point of writing this, I’ve managed to write for 18 days straight and I am rather pleased at that. The next milestone is 30 days, then 60 days, then 100 days, and hopefully I get to go at it for the entire year. At the end of it, I may pick a few that I’ve found interesting to share but for now, they stay in my private journals.
I’ve also actually been on another kind of writing practice. I’m reviving my personal blog. Yes, that old-school traditional weblog starkly outmoded in this 20s era and one that nobody ever reads anymore. I have resisted making it ‘live’ until I was sure that I was going to commit to it and having quietly written a few pieces over the last couple of weeks, I think it is time to flick the switch. It sits at adibjalal.com/blog
and will be in a continuous state of becoming for a while. Yep, a blog in 2020. What a concept.
My hope is for it to be my little place on the internet that will serve as a public record of my learning, un-learning, and re-learning. I hope for the labour of love to be some kind of commonplace journal for ideas, wisdom, and curiosities uncovered in my mental and physical expeditions. Maybe by the end of this year, I can browse the site and see an ongoing record of thoughts and experiences encountered in my questioning for what it means to live a fulfilling life.
So what will happen to this Dispatches
newsletter? I think it may continue to exist as a complement to the blog, but it may take a different form. I have no timeline for it and am not going to send one for the sake of it so you don't have to worry that I'll be clogging your inboxes.
Till the next time, I hope you are nourishing your body, mind, and soul. <3