Life is like a box of chocolates

“My mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. ‘” — Forrest Gump

Know anyone brave?

You know, the ones that make going through unimaginable loss look seemingly comfortable?

As a trainee surgeon, I often get glimpses of unwavering courage in outwardly ordinary people. You know, the ones going about their routine 9–5 or dropping their kids off to school until they get hit by a car or a diagnosis and life is never the same again?

The year 2020 will forever be etched in my mind. For the first time…


The easiest decisions are the ones you don’t have to make

In our current culture, when we don’t know something, we just Google it. We’ve never had better access to high-quality information to help us make even the most trivial decisions.

Yet, our decision-making has never been more challenging. We now have an exhaustive list of pros and cons for every option for every choice in our lives.

A simple query leads to a bottomless pit of information and opinions, leaving us more confused than ever about the right option.

The truth is, most decisions in our daily life don’t need our full attention and can simply, be eliminated.

Yes, the…


MINIMALISM

It’s about intentionality, not deprivation.

As Cal Newport says of digital minimalism:

Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism is the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world.

It has taken our species much evolution to communicate complex human emotions through facial expression, voice and touch. The connection we innately crave is far superior to an occasional comment, retweet or message.

Digital minimalism allows us to untether ourselves from the distraction of notifications. Looking beyond hundreds of emojis and likes, we can make way for relationships that move us and solitude that challenges us.

1. Make your access to social media a challenge.

All…


MINIMALISM

The power of transforming occasional treats into everyday habits

We want to be the best version of ourselves.

Like never before, we know that our productivity is our gateway to a fulfilled life. But, even the most productive person in the world needs their batteries recharged regularly to keep working.

You can’t pour from an empty cup

Yet, we find it challenging to make time for the very person who sticks around and works for us, no matter what.

Our own self.

Real happiness is cheap, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit — Hosea Ballou

Self-care doesn’t need to be a to-do in our planners, expensive or…


Your complete guide to being your best self at odd hours

Since we live in a global community, digital entrepreneurs are increasingly working in different time zones, no matter day or night.

Either that or you work at a hospital, fuel service station or any other round-the-clock service.

First and foremost, take a bow.

While the rest of the world sleeps, you are going to work. You are sacrificing your sleep routine to build your dream career or make ends meet.

But, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it. By being intentional, working at night can be pleasant, fun and even become your thing.

You need to prioritise comfort…


“When life gives you lemo-” is not one of them

As we approached 2020, we reveled in the spectacular progress of our world in the last two decades. We were more abundant, healthier, and more innovative than ever before with limitless potential for more.

Now, we find it increasingly harder to remember that familiar world. Some of us face the loss of our family, jobs, or work. What is universal, though, is our sense of insecurity, sprinkled with a pervasive feeling of uncertainty.

And for some of us, it’s not new.

“Life is too short. …


MINIMALISM

Habits that are only a slight shift from your norm

When I first started my minimalism journey, I realised very quickly that a large part about it was making decisions.

These decisions were not limited to stuff, but everything associated with them.

Memories, familiarity, comfort and convenience

Minimalism is about living your best life with less. Sure, it is uncomfortable to let go of anything, but it is a crucial step to unfold our best selves.

Unleashing our true creative potential is much more challenging in cluttered workspaces, messy homes and overflowing wardrobes.

Wonder how we go to clutter in the first place?

Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions


And cement it for good

Sometimes, we can find ourselves overwhelmed by life-changing external circumstances. Other times, the ordinary passivity of our lives catches up with us, provoking us to seek more meaning in our lives.

We seek habits to help us improve our lives, but we feel too depleted and worn out to invest in ourselves.

The endless content around us, our emotions and feelings have a profound effect on our well-being. When we react to anything around us, we lose energy and over time, we end up feeling perpetually exhausted.

If you want to feel more in control over this continuous energy expenditure…


This new offering on Amazon is no song and dance

Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films — B.J Ho

Thappad (A Slap) is the latest offering from T-series, one of the largest production houses in Bollywood and otherwise known for their feud with PewDiePie to become the number one channel on Youtube.

Providing main-stream, commercial cinema targeted at mostly conservative Indian masses, Thappad comes as a bold choice, exploring domestic violence in the unchartered waters of the educated, ambitious middle-class homes of India.

The portrayal of domestic violence in Bollywood is typically associated with the poorer, less educated…

Apoorva Rathnayake

Doctor/medical educator/researcher in Australia.

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