Working Weekends

Sucks.Time lapsesAnd the lines betweenWaking and sleeping blur-My bed is filled with thoughts of workMy desk is littered with yawns and power naps.Folding laundry is suddenly fascinatingMy eye drifts to my phone incessantlyThe weight of the week lies heavy on my shouldersThe dishes are harder to doEveryone else seems to be throwing a partyAnd the […]

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Double Click

It is easy to hover over an issue  Like a cursor  Making assertions from a safe distance Holding assumptions that ruffle no feathers, Sharing safe opinions Making generic recommendations And not be held accountable for them. For many things in this life, That is all that is needed – To have a general idea To […]

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Blind guides

We were not fools by choice.Life had led us to thinkThat we could never be wrong.We stumbledWhen we thought we were sprintingWe impaledPeople we thought we were lifting upUprootedWhat we thought we were ‘saving’We thought that good intentions were enough.That as long as it made sense to usIt would always make sense.Little did we knowThat […]

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Too tired to write

The words fell onto the pageBegrudginglyPainfully.Slowly.Like a thick, heavy honeyThat reluctantly falls off the combPromising sweetnessBut releasing itEver so slowly.I was tired.But I knewThat once the ink began to flowInspiration would not be far behind.Writing deserves our best hoursBut if all we haveAre the dying moments of the day,Even then the pen will not disappoint-It […]

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Pre-disqualification

Before I sit down to writeThere’s often a scuffle within my membersBetween my will to create And an urgent, persistent and seemingly authoritative voice That earnestly encourages me to disqualify myselfFor my own goodLong before the work has even started.It lists good reasons for not showing upIN ALL CAPS.Making much of previousFalse startsAnd missed opportunities,It […]

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Asking for a friend

We do our best workOn behalf of others.The kinds of questions we askAnd answers we seekAre differentBecause being of serviceUses a muscle superiorTo being a brand.Asking for a friendIs not about hiding our own questionsBy posing them as someone else’sBut its a posture of deep empathyBorn out of a desire for kinship-For light to be […]

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On doing research

When you’re a rookie,Aiming for a project that’s the‘Best in the class’Is probably not the best goal to have.To focus on processRather than the praise you’re hoping to getIs a more reliable north star.And if you must procrastinateDo so productively,Let your mind never stop gathering dataEven if you’re far from your books,And be sure to […]

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Writing for clarity

Having every thought and idea  Neatly lined up in marching formation, Chronologically arranged  Ready to tumble onto the page – Is not a pre-requisite  For good writing.  The pen is a sword Capable of slicing through confusion, Splitting open hidden insights  And chopping off sentiments That don’t add to the narrative. Writing does not empty […]

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Inertia as a first step

Much is spoken about“Hitting the ground running”But in earnest,Changing any part of your lifeDemands patience.We can’t always moveAt the pace of our ambition,And despite our best effortsTo never be slow,Many a great thingStarted slowly.Inertia is the first step of motion,It’s the feeling of knowing there’sA race to be runBut not quite havingThe strength in your […]

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Creative Confidence

When will you stop asking for permissionTo do what you’ve beenPut here on earth to do?When will you be convinced?How many pats on the back will it take?Five star ratingsStanding ovationsTestimonials-All of it won’t ever be enoughTo fill up the gaping holesOf your insecurity,So stop waiting untilYou feel worthy to create-You already are.Creative confidenceComes after […]

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