Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Welcome to the 51st edition of the MayWeather Newsletter series, a weekly newsletter where I share my thoughts and new ideas on things that I learn on personal productivity; somewhere between due diligence, good thinking and note-taking.

<<First Name>>, this long walk to leading a productive life is sprinkled with pricks and pains. It is not without thistles and bristles. It’s like juggling along the traps of procrastination, multi-tasking, screen – time, …, discouragement) in the dark dungeon where unforeseen circumstances are ready to render you stressed.

With your support, I’ve had to walk through it all – defiant and daring. Having to meet stellar creatives such as <<First Name>>,
Ayomide Ofulue, Jamie Russo, Victoria Oladipo, Victoria Olajide, Robbie Crabtree, Temi Adebayo, Mustafa Khundmiri and a host of others on Twitter is a rare privilege that has widened my perspective on personal productivity. This adventure equally pushed me into spending time with African writers such as Femi Osofisan, Modupe Oduyoye and the most recent of them, Bayo Adebowale.

I’ve had to ask crude questions and one thing holds true: the struggle is the same. The tenacity required to gaze at a mental picture and maintain focus from ideation to execution. The fight for a qualitative measure of stillness and the determination to fire on even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Like me, you may have been bruised and battered by how you can do more and talk a little less. The truth is that you need to be a fire – eating visionary who is radical and strategic in approach.

The future of our world favours the bold – one brave enough to beard a lion his den and insurrect in the fortress of foes. Folks who’d drown criticism in the face of their work and go all out – knowing fully well that their dreams are valid.

A symbol of essence emerges when you remain unbowed and unbent.

Weekly Thread of Wisdom 
  1. We fear losing our illusion of security—that’s what makes us anxious. We fear being confused and not knowing which way to turn. We want to know what’s happening. The mind is always seeking zones of safety, and these zones of safety are continually falling apart. Then we scramble to get another zone of safety back together again. We spend all our energy and waste our lives trying to re-create these zones of safety, which are always falling apart. We can never know what will happen to us next. We can try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability, always hoping to be comfortable and safe. But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty. This not-knowing is part of the adventure. It’s also what makes us afraid.

    ~ Pema Chödrön in Comfortable with Uncertainty

  2. You asked me how I made art and I used all long, shiny pretentious words. But the truth is different. I never made art. I brought the hurricanes, sobs, revenge, stories on a stark white sheet. And it looked something like art.

    ~ Noor Unnahar

In Closing 

It’s a good day to explore the voice, music, melodies of sweetness, harshness and hope in primitive peace and tranquility as against the glittering enticement of chaos.

Here is your esteemed opportunity, <<First Name>>, proudly inscribed in the drama of life and the theatre of human existence.

Gather your strength courageous one and win the battle of solitude.

As always,
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