A few days back I found a book at my local book shop – ‘Happiness is..’, filled with beautiful illustrations and 2-3 lines describing what makes you smile. So, I sat down and made a list of few things I’m happy about in my life.
Over the last one month I did not accomplish anything, other than binge reading comics and clearing my Instapaper queue, I did not write, ’did not complete reading books, ’did not work on the many pending tasks Omnifocus so kindly reminds me everyday. Why? ’Cause with too many hobbies to concentrate on, too many projects to work on, too much politics to be aware of and too many responsibilities to handle, I turned numb from inaction.
What should I’ve done? Manage time or narrow down focus?
For the last two days, I’ve been checking and cross-checking if I have the best photo management workflow, for this, I wanted to check two services which sprang up over the last one year – Apple photos and Google photos. Number of websites cited Google’s product is the better one with its exemplary facial recognition, search and experience. All articles highlighted only one point – if you like privacy, use Apple photos and if you don’t bother then Google photos. If you compare the TOS (terms of services) of each service:
Almost every afternoon for five years after lunch I walked the steps of our school library. Not being of the athletic type, books were my only option to spend time with. So, almost for five years I kept visiting the library, borrowing, reading and re-reading under the steady, serious gaze of the librarian. Unlike now, twenty years back we did not have the world in our pockets, so, besides experience, books were only the gateways into the world at large. Its difficult for me to recollect what specifically I read, but I remember going through encyclopedias, comics, retold classics, Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, etc. Though I was mostly alone in my sojourns, occasionally I had company of one or two friends, who were surprised I was more interested in actually reading than talking to them. So, none accompanied me twice. (My friends can attest to this behavior even now when they come with me to bookshops ). Reading in the silence of libraries is among the peaceful times of my life; without moving a inch from my seat I would be transported to magical lands on awesome adventures. Who needs friends I wondered.