Jottings on an Envelope
Unformed Thoughts by Amit Gawande.
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5 Reasons Why I Don't Do Listicles

I don't generally write listicles because I don't enjoy that form of post. Without being too burdensome on readers, let me list five reasons I don't. 1. They are shallow and, hence, easy for readers to digest — why would I want my reading to be easy? I want it to be dense. After all, if you write to prove your smartness, you make it less readable. Right? 2. More people read them — again, why would I want more readers? I want very few readers. That's why I even stopped posting micro-posts. The introvert that I am, why would...

Staying Active

My enjoyment and excitement for exercise and household chores are directly proportional to what I am listening to. If I have an exciting audiobook playing in my ears, I am more inclined to walk outside and, generally, move more. Or do some tasks inside the home that I would usually avoid. Mysteries keep me hooked the most, and they make me walk the most. I would wait for my day to end to put on my headphones and go on a walk. And even with a near-unending collection of mystery books, finding the right book is not always easy. Some...

Satisfaction

A few months back, I expressed my frustration about how I can't keep up with how much there is to read around me. “I am overwhelmed at times with how much I have left unread. It's not just the words written on blogs. But the sheer forms of writing I want to read.” As I sit alone at home today, with nice pop music playing in the background, I can't help but think that nothing has changed much. I still don't read what I want to read. Of course, I can hardly claim that I tried my best to correct...

Distractions

Early this morning, I wanted to sit down to read and write. I didn't. I did a lot of chit-chatting. I spent time planning trips that I was not yet certain would happen. I did a lot of research for a newsletter that I doubt I will ever publish. I watched some TV with my daughter only because she was watching it. Unintentionally, I fell prey to the many distractions I was surrounded by.  It made me realize that this was the same routine as yesterday and the day before. Yet, I wrote a few words that made me feel...