Reading: Solitude and Leadership

Sometimes, you need to put down your book, if only to think about what you’re reading, what you think about what you’re reading.

The position of the leader is ultimately an intensely solitary, even intensely lonely one. However many people you may consult, you are the one who has to make the hard decisions. And at such moments, all you really have is yourself.

from Solitude and Leadership

Long and a well written essay. I love the reference to Apocalypse Now. Never thought of the characters in the movie from that angle.

A leader needs to think and to think they need solitude. Often the decisions they make impact many. And to suffer the what-if of their decisions needs solitude too.

That”s where a ride out into the unknowns helps – its just you and your solitude.

Vanlife Aspirations | Sep 2-8, 2019

We Tried to Do Vanlife Right. It Broke Us Down.

We decided, instead, to take the path of the van bums: the transients, the weirdos, the indie bands with no money

Away from the glorification on social media, the other side of vanlife. My few days, in a car, along with Lily captured here.

New York’s Vanishing Diners

The death of diner culture has been predicted for years, but there’s still some life remaining.

I love the American diner. Just sinking down in the plush booth seats after a long day or long drive has an amazing effect on the tired bones. And the food is mostly amazing.

The Soul-Expanding Value of Difficulty

For they are the moments when something new has entered into us, something unknown; our feelings grow mute in shy perplexity, everything in us withdraws, a stillness comes, and the new, which no one knows, stands in the midst of it and is silent.

And this is why it is so important to be lonely and attentive when one is sad: because the apparently uneventful and stark moment at which our future sets foot in us is so much closer to life than that other noisy and fortuitous point of time at which it happens to us as if from outside

It seems that the article mixes sadness and solitude. While sadness encourages the desire to be in solitude, yet the latter by itself is an amazing thing. My solo rides are mostly an exercise in solitude. Its a form of meditation amidst nature.

A homeless man wandered in one day, and this Arizona town adopted him

In his travels, he’s run into the generous and the unkind. One summer day, a motorist yelled, “Hey, fool, Christmas is in December!” At the next traffic light, a boy called from a bus window, asking if he could have a trumpet for Christmas.

A feel-good read – warms the heart. The quote above the highlights the two of many kind of people we meet in the journey of life – the unkind and the hopeful.

I Found the Key to the Kingdom of Sleep

Researchers discover a surprising visual trick for falling asleep faster

One of the biggest factors in creating sleep rituals is comfort. “It’s about this descent into sleep and getting into a comfortable place, and you will start to replicate that night after night,”

Sleep is always a fascination topic for me to read about, probably because I sleep very little and other that I can sleep anytime anywhere. Once I remember sleeping standing in a public bus in Delhi going from Noida to other end of the city.

The Land Where the Internet Ends | June 23-30, 2019

The Land Where the Internet Ends

I’ve always loved the moment when the bars on my phone disappear. When I’m out of range entirely, floating along in a kayak, time grows elastic. I stare down into that other kingdom below me, at the minnows darting through the duckweed, and feel deeply free — no one’s watching; no one knows where I am.

I think people have lost the ability to be present with themselves. There’s nothing wrong with sitting on your deck looking at the hills.

There is a certain kind of freedom in leaving it all behind, though temporary… experiencing a deep solitude.

Who has not felt the urge to throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence.

John Muir

What Was Hemingway Doing in Cuba During World War II?

Reading about Hemingway is always fun – such a colorful character. Cool that he named the reconnaissance operation after his cat.

A dirty, rotten, double crossing (true) story of what happened to the Italian American mob

Stories about mafia are always fun. However this one does not make the cut. Thought the author is making a point that the mafia still exists and runs the show, it could have been woven in a more interesting manner.