I have an interest in minimalism. I say I have an interest instead of I am a minimalist is pretty obvious. I want to follow minimalism and intentionality in everything I own and do but let’s be honest, this is pretty difficult. Marie Kondo asks you to hold the object in your hand and ask yourselves a question “Does this spark joy?”. I almost always get a yes for this question.
With the onset of the new year and the usual hype around the resolutions, I thought probably it is a good idea to discard a few unwanted things. The first thing I got hold of a pocket journal that I had bought like 7 years back. Only 10 pages were filled with some notes from the books I read and some exercise routine that I wanted to track. I do not know if I stopped exercising because I stopped tracking or I stopped tracking because I stopped working out. What I know is that both stopped.
And what was interesting was the notes from the two books that I read. I believe this was the time that I really started getting into reading and it was a pre-kindle era for me. So I seemed to have been diligent in making notes and all hoping that I or my grandkids would read it someday in the future. One of the books was “Like a Virgin” by Richard Branson. It was a fun read and I like his casual approach. Below are the pics of my notes from 2013 (6+ years ago), if you can read
Sparing you the pain of squinting your eyes trying to read my notes, below are the points that I had written. They are still good advice. Everybody loves a piece of advice.
- Never look back in regret. Move on to the next thing
- Don’t openly criticize people
- Impossible to run a business without taking risks.
- The brave may not live forever but the cautious never live at all
- If you are not prepared to fall a lot, you will never learn to be a good skier
- Screw it, let’s do it
- Come to term with the fact that the perfect 10 doesn’t exist and when you hit the nine mark don’t stand back and admire your handiwork. Start work on next-gen(??) to make it still better
- If you don’t like the second opinion, get a third
- Ninety percent of life is just showing up
Now I did not take his advice (7) seriously looks like. I stopped when I hit 9 and now I am admiring my handiwork. But it is fun to read the content that had created a long time back and have no idea that it exists.
Have you found something like this from the past unexpectedly that made you smile?