★ Away- Poem

Away by James Whitcomb Riley :

I cannot say, and I will not say

That he is dead. He is just away.

With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,

He has wandered into an unknown land

And left us dreaming how very fair

It needs must be, since he lingers there.

And you—oh you, who the wildest yearn

For an old-time step, and the glad return,

Think of him faring on, as dear

In the love of There as the love of Here.

Think of him still as the same. I say,

He is not dead—he is just away.

Can’t put it any better. It is not yet a fortnight, since my friend passed away, and this is exactly how I feel. It feels like he is elsewhere.

via Matt

★ On life and philosophy.

Om has a very nice interview with the king of cashmere, Brunello here and it is totally worth your time. The amount of difference in one’s approach towards life is what sets some people apart. They not only inspire others, but also leave thief mark in the world.

There are three things you cannot buy. Fitness: You have to keep fit, whether you’re rich or not. Diet: You cannot pay someone to be on a diet for you. I think that diet is the biggest sacrifice in my life. Then, looking after your soul. No one can possibly treat your soul but you yourself. This is something you can do through culture and philosophy.

Soul is something nobody cares about these days, do we? Time to ponder.

★ It is the Journey not the goal.

In the madness that is our daily life, we often forget the essentials, we tend to count our value by how much we have, how much we have achieved but we almost always ignore the true value which comes from experiences we have gathered over time. James clear emphasises on the importance of this with a nice little story that you should read from his blog post.
This portion stood out for me.

We live in a world obsessed with results. Like Herrigel, we have a tendency to put so much emphasis on whether or not the arrow hits the target. If, however, we put that intensity and focus and sincerity into the process—where we place our feet, how we hold the bow, how we breathe during the release of the arrow—then hitting the bullseye is simply a side effect.

Do read the entire post. It is often the journey that matters isn’t it, after all life is a journey.

★ Learning by Practice

Experience is the best teacher for a reason. The learning that experience can give us is very unique and unparalleled because of the hard work that goes into it. Learning by reading or by watching videos, does have its impact but not as much as how learning things practically or learning by doing things. James highlights this and is a good reminder for all of us to learn things as much as possible by practice. Over the past year things I have learned by practice has made a tremendous change the way I live my life and hence I feel obliged to share this nice article. This part is certainly among the highlights.

Passive learning is not a form of practice because although you gain new knowledge, you are not discovering how to apply that knowledge. Active practice, meanwhile, is one of the greatest forms of learning because the mistakes you make while practicing reveal important insights.”

Do read the entire article.