Writing is a cathartic experience for me.
I developed a love for reading from an early age. I grew up in a family that loved books. We always had a library of books in the house. My Mom worked as a night-shift nursing sister, and she would read to me every day. I would lie in bed with her before she went to sleep, listening to her as she read. Growing up, My Mom regularly took us to the library in town to exchange books.
Reading for fun.
My older Brother by 11 years, took great interest in my education. He helped nurture my love for reading even further. Reading to discover and explore and challenge conventional thinking. He taught me to be curious about everything, to test the status quo. Opening an encyclopaedia to discover the answer to a question is already proof of a desire to learn.
Reading to learn.
In my final year of high school, our English teacher asked the class to write an essay. The topic was, “Stuck in a lift”. I tried using a different perspective. I told the story of a lift operator in a New York apartment building in the 1950s. He is well-known to everyone in the apartment building and told from his point of view—being stuck in the lift all day listening to everyone as they come and go.
A few weeks later our teacher said she is handing back the marked essays, starting at the highest mark. She handed back the whole class except mine—it was the last one in her hand. She held it up in the air and said: This is one of the best essays I’ve ever read. But she went on to explain that as good as it was, I’d missed the brief. She failed me on the essay and asked to see me after class. She encouraged me to continue writing.
Years later, friends and colleagues encouraged me to submit a story to My Daily Insights. I received their daily motivational quotes via email and every Friday they published a short story called My Friday Story. A few months after submitting the article, I was in my office reading the morning emails. I opened the email from My Daily Insights and started reading. I must have been two sentences in when I realised it was my article.
The feeling of being “published” was special, but more than that was the interaction I got from around the world. The story seemed to resonate with many readers. A while later, I sent in another story. Same again, I was reading the email some months later and sure enough, there was my story published again. I got a tremendous thrill from meeting people from all over the world because of something I wrote.
My Daily Insights and the team from As a Man Thinketh closed down in 2008.
I loved everything they did. The daily quotes and the fun Friday story.
Since 2016, I’ve been sending out daily quotes and #MyFridayStory every Friday on LinkedIn.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy sharing them.
Here are the two My Daily Insights articles:
Have an awesome weekend and please be generous! 😄
As always, thanks for reading 🙏