Midweek Nudge #69

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

— Helen Keller

Hi there!

Here’s your gentle nudge to make your week more interesting, thoughtful and productive. You can always talk to me more about these ideas by replying to this email.

Too Much Water Or Too Little Water?

If you’ve ever had houseplants and if you’re slightly cautious about what happens to them, you will find yourself Googling random changes you notice. Recently, I saw a couple of leaves from my budding new plant turn black. At first, I thought to water them but then, I started investigating. Among the countless reasons listed on most websites that didn’t apply, I came across a sentence that made no sense from an actionable perspective at first. It went along the lines of “when the tips of leaves blacken, it may be a sign of the plant roots not getting enough water, but it could also be a sign of them getting too much water.”

This was perfectly valid information but useless unless I experimented. Once I checked the soil, and it seemed moist enough, I went with a working theory of “there may be too much water because it’s winter, and maybe, I need to water these plants fewer times than I do in summer.”

Once this episode ended and the plants came back to health, I thought about how this year has been for me overall. The gist is that I faced many losing battles in all aspects of my life. My first solution is always to do more, to add more. Finances giving trouble? Add more effort. Health giving in? Add better practices. You get the idea. But, this little problem with the overwatered plants made me look at it in a new light. Maybe, before doing anything about a problem, it pays to ask: is there too much or too little water? Then, after we’ve checked, we may act accordingly.

And maybe, our actions have to change based on what season our life is currently in.

What’s On My Mind?

My mother started a business last year, which couldn’t have happened until a few factors naturally aligned. The same goes for my podcast called Let’s Ask My Friends and another project I’m working with on a friend. Of course, we’re told the best time to do anything is now. That’s conventional wisdom. But, sometimes, when you see things happen naturally, you can’t but smile at the expansive interplay of factors almost always out of your control. Perhaps, the wisdom is half-told and understood. The best time to do anything is now, but we have little say in when it thrives.

I hope this added some value to your week. Stay safe, stay inspired, and I’ll talk to you next week.


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