Wisdom = Knowledge + Integration

As an entrepreneur and someone who wants to experience a lot of life, I’ve come to a conclusion that’ll help me stay sane in all of the noise.

You see, when you’re always venturing out into the unknown, trying to meet new people, finding out latest advancements and trying to always be on the lookout for new experiences or what the future’s going to look like, you start missing out on the present moment. ‘Mindfulness’ as they’d call it, and I’d read tons about it, hit me in the face this weekend when I found myself unable to focus at all. You might have experienced the urge to pick up your phone every 15 minutes, getting distracted in the middle of writing an email and completely missing out on an hour sometimes just because of trying to learn ‘new’ things. 

I don’t say present moment, like a guru, but as someone futuristic always trying to look ahead. Where do we draw the line between ‘thinking ahead’ and ‘living the now‘? Why are we constantly losing out on our lives and on what’s really happening? When did it become more important to ‘look like you’re having a great time’ than actually and truly enjoying yourself? It’s a shame that sometimes we forget to realize, sit back and adopt lessons from our learning, as we’re unconsciously devolving to the level of a gold fish.

The ‘missing key’ to everything we learn and actually experiencing or implementing it in our lives, is the fact that we do not integrate. We’re always learning new things, consuming more knowledge, and midst all this new information and facts we forget the fact that the only useful information is the one we choose to integrate into our daily routines.

It is pointless if you know something and don’t use it. I’ve got a hundred books on the book stand next to my bed, and I’ve read most of them however, the shame is that I don’t necessarily remember the essence of the books, or what I liked the most about them- cause I just focused on getting through the pages, not digesting what I read. As we go through life, I think it’s more important to keep coming back to the things that matter, the principles and the fundamentals. What do you actually believe in? What did you really learn from an experience, from your day or your interaction with someone new?

I’ve learnt the fact that we constantly need to evolve through integration and implementation, and I hope to changes things from here on. I will take time to integrate my new learnings. Less is more, when you use the less to your advantage through action. Whatever you might learn, be it in the day or during your week, take some time to see how you can fit it into your life. What differentiates knowledge and wisdom for me, is integration, and I’m going to be mindful of this from here on. 

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Live forwards, no regrets!

Limits don’t exist anymore, I look at bad and good as merely circumstances rather than life states. You just gotta know that everything in life is transient. Perhaps, I’ve seen the transition too many times, going from quiet and low nights, to beaming and glowing soulful mornings. After experiencing drastic changes over a night’s time, I’ve come to realize that life is always moving forward, and it is our choice to either move along with it, or wither and fade away. My runs in the morning make me appreciate the nature to an extent that is almost transcendental. I feel like I get this window of a sweet escape where I’m absolutely capable of achieving anything, as I’m one with the whole Universe. I have clear visuals of being one with the cosmos, of breathing with the life forms around me and exuding extreme power. Moving to Delhi was a tough call, I was consciously making the decision to leave behind a life of comforts and build it all from scratch. No clues, no resources, no help, just a blank canvas- with the luxury of being able to adorn it however I wanted.

I am experiencing a paradigm shift within me now, I’m aware of it because I’m really introspective. I have found this unidentifiable source of energy within me, that’s making me appreciate life in a way I would’ve never before. I genuinely see the light in the eyes of the kids on the streets and I feel happy when I see exchanges of love in public, or like that time when I went to the dogs shivering in the park where I was running and put a piece of cloth next to them so that they could be warm. I smile to myself, I cherish love and kindness around me. I’ve picks three qualities that I look for in people- ambition, integrity and generosity, that simple! I want to associate with people who have a vision to make it grand, are honest and sincere and are willing to give back for this beautiful gift of life. Most people miss out on dreaming big and philanthropy because they set limits on everything, they never realize how the only thing holding them back is themselves. I am attracted to that rare species that lives to pursue excellence and aims too high. I doubt there’s someone who loves socialising more than me, but the truth is that there’s only so many conversations you can have about this season’s latest collections and next vacations- I like digging deeper to find hopes, aspirations and the real soul behind the facade.

Truth is, when you think like the way I do, you’ll often be questioned and challenged but then it’s better to be true to yourself than live somebody else’s life. I enjoy this pursuit of knowledge and excellence, where I’m constantly expanding my horizons and exceeding personal bests. I guess this kind of consciousness only dawns after having faced certain levels of adversity- but I hope you at least try to get rid of the inhibitions that hold you back. Some mornings I wake up and think about how my life has taken this unconventional and unplanned track, but then I say to myself, “Live forwards, no regrets.”

Be kind, be compassionate, respect people’s emotions, aim high, give back, seek, explore, learn and live without fear. That might sound cliched, but man, life starts where fear ends. Exactly a year ago, I was in a dark place, and I told myself that 2014 was going to be MY year, for myself and I think I’ve done surprisingly well by even my standards. Launched a company, moved out of my parents’ place, living off my own earnings, building exciting models with start-ups, teaching Zumba, meeting incredible people, long distance running and there’s just so much more that I accomplished in this past year! The only focus for this year was growth and personal development but guess what, this was only the warm up- game time is NOW!