Kindness

Read this poem, when you are in no hurry to move onto the next thing. Its deep and beautiful.*

 

Kindness 


Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

—Naomi Shihab Nye

* Came across this poem on Tim Ferriss‘s blog.

Apple and Google

I own a Macbook pro and an iPod touch and an iPod Classic. I simply love those devices and will remain so. A reasonable Apple lover. Everything else I do on these devices links to my Google account in someway and I can’t wait for Google Me. While I drool over the iPhone 4, I might get an Android powered phone just for its feature set and sheer speed of innovation, esp the voice controls.

And like every friends group, there is a religious war between Apple and Google. I was thinking about it yesterday and this is what I found to be the difference between the two groups.

Apple products are like your girlfriend. You need to spend on her. She’s not the smartest in town. She is not adventurous. But, she understands you, knows your context and embaraces you. She makes you feel good.

Google, on the other hand is like your best work buddy or mentor. He’s up-to speed on whats happening around you, helps you fix a lot of things and makes you smarter. He is your adventure companion. Your problem solver.

Now there are some overlaps and crossovers between the two. That is quite understandable. They both want your time.

Its upto you to fall in love or get adventurous.