Change What You Don't Like


These days book I'm reading - Keep Going It has an entire chapter titled

You are allowed to change your mind”

He talks about how we are “afraid” to change our mind, as it (now a days) indicates “weakness”.

Some interesting quotes from this chapter :

I thought I was wrong about everything. I was wrong about that too.

If you’ve never changed your mind about something, pinch yourself; you may be dead.

.. be open to possibility and allow yourself to be changed.

(My full notes about the book here)

One of the problems I had when blogging was assigning Categories.

I can understand tags, there are usually a LOT (I assume that is expected.) I assumed Categories need to be “limited” - Somehow I started using categories and tags interchangeably.

That did not make sense.

Initially (pelican, nikola) there used to be one category for a post (and multiple tags)

But with hugo - even multiple categories are supported.

This added to (my) confusion.

I used to grep categories in the older posts so that I can use consistent categories. It was painful.

It never occurred to me to completely get rid of them. Till now.

Initially I had Categories and Tags are menus, so that readers can find posts that belong to specific taxonomy. But I am not sure how many regular readers I have.

So starting with this blog, I've decided to not use categories for the new posts.

I've also removed Categories for the old posts.

Photo by Ross Findon

Happy New Year 2020

Derek Sivers says

A new year begins when there’s a memorable change in my life. Not January 1st. Nothing changes on January 1st.

I recently started reading Austin Kleon's book Keep Going

In it he mentions that making gifts for others gives you joy.

Origami Frog and Finger Puppet

I spent New Year Eve 2019 making these for my kids. (6 and 4 as of this writing) My spouse had to work late (work deadline) and it was just 3 of us.

We had a lot of fun.

Making either of these is not possible for kids of their age.

For the finger puppet, the glue had dried, plus it was messy, and it stuck more to my thumb than to the material it was supposed to stick to 😂

The Origami frog had too many complex folds.

So neither of them could make it, but they were happy “watch” me do it.

Elder one “decorated” the frog with eyes and green color. He did a good job, if I may say so.

At their age - do not understand the concept of time, yet*. So they didn't care there was no “celebration” for the new year. It was just like any other night. They were happy to spend time with their father. 🥰

I don't care either.

For those who care :

Happy New Year 2020

I Can Have Peanuts

Peanuts I am so grateful that I can have peanuts.

I love peanuts.

Lightly salted.

Lightly roasted without salt.

Cooked (with a little salt)

Or just raw.

Or in Chiwada, or Khichadi

It occurred to me that although it might seem trivial, it is a previledge to be able to eat peanuts.

I know few people - who can not. Because they are old and have “teeth problems”

Or (as seen on American TV shows) - have peanut allergies.

I'm lucky that I don't have either problem.

Thank you God for allowing me such a simple pleasure.