My last dispatch saw me sharing some ideas that have been grabbing my attention. For this edition, here are a few picks from my readings in the past month.
A beautiful poem by Naomi Shihab Nye that captures the heart-wrenching truth that pain and loss is a gateway to truly understanding and being kind. Here’s an excerpt to tease you into reading it all.
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
>> The Beauty of Being Satisfied With Enough
I think and reflect a lot about living as light as possible and the concept of ‘enough’ has been my guiding principle when putting minimalism and sustainability in practice. This recent find fits in that thinking.
“More” is not better. More is, in fact, unsustainable and destructive, because there isn’t enough “more” for everyone.
>> The Information Diet
The age of ‘content’ have given us and endless supply of images, videos, and texts. I consume a lot of it daily, and my read-later app is bursting with too much stuff. I am trying to control my consumption and this idea of thinking about it as a balanced diet comprising of a mix of healthy stuff and guilty pleasures is a fresh perspective from the usual “delete your social media” advice.
Instead, I took the advice of Nicole Wong, a veteran of Google and Twitter, who says its time for a “slow food movement for the internet.” I changed my intake to include the information equivalent of more wholewheat grains and vegetables. As much as possible, I also tried to build in some downtime by removing the temptations to binge. Thinking about how much effort professional athletes put into recovery, I asked myself “what would recovery look like for someone whose work involves giving their mind, rather than their body, a beating?”
Thank you for reading this far. Although I started writing these Dispatches as a writing exercise for myself, it is my hope that you get some pleasure or value from reading these as well. If you enjoyed this newsletter, I would be delighted if you would forward this or share with your social networks.
In parting, I acknowledge the arrival of the blessed month of Ramadan and I wish for blessings for those of you who will be fasting from dusk till dawn in the coming days. For the others, I wish for you to receive whatever you ask of life.
Till next time, be well, be love, be you.