I recently got to know that some people term the week between Christmas and the New Year as a “dead week”.
It is an interesting term, to say the least.
It sounds like a period where one is in limbo after death and before the next birth. It is perhaps when you reflect on the mistakes and lessons from the last birth and plan for the next birth.
The days before the new year could feel the same if you are deep into your annual review and writing intentions and resolutions for the new year.
I have not got a chance to do so this year so far. I do not want to plan anything. I do not want to reflect or overthink what could I have done better. I just want to treat it as another weekend for now.
And I feel surprisingly good about it.
So, in the last newsletter edition of this year, I will only share a few things from this year that made the most impact on me.
1. Best Fiction: Dark Matter
“What a strange thing to consider imagining a world into being with nothing but words, intention, and desire. It’s a troubling paradox—I have total control, but only to the extent I have control over myself. My emotions. My inner storm. The secret engines that drive me.”
2. Best Non-fiction: The Pathless Path
“Nothing good gets away, as long as you create the space to let it emerge.”
Being a marketer, this was a refreshing, profound read on what the world of marketing where trust operates as a fundamental unit would look like. Though my favorite quote from this article is not exactly related to this idea.
“The most courageous, life-affirming choice you can make is to break free from mimetic expectations around growth, and choose to define enough for yourself, and actually enjoy it once you get there. That’s the ultimate gangster move.”