A new venture

Cover September IssueI’ve always wanted to write for a magazine…

One of the things which I listed down before leaving my “regular” job was to write for a magazine. To have my own segment or column or whatever the magazine people called it. Well, October of last year I had a passing experience with writing for one of the local magazines (Her World), an interview piece for their December cover story. After that, it seemed that it was one of those “well, that’s that then” stories.

I didn’t mind it as I enjoyed the experience and I had my little journal project that I was working on plus this blog. In August of this year though Life presented me with another opportunity to write for a different sort of magazine, through the same friend. I of course took it up with gratitude.

This time though, I would have the opportunity to write about things that I was interested in and at times weave in some medical / health care issues into it. So for the past four months I’ve been donned the hat of Contributor to an in-house magazine for a local bank (Public Bank) called Calibre 😀

I’m enjoying the experience of creating an article of 800 words each month on a particular topic. It’s a little challenging with my ramble-y style but I have learned to edit, edit and edit some more. It’s taught me a lot about becoming detached from my work, in a good way. It has also been teaching me to not be too obsessed about what someone else (mainly the editor) thinks about my work, this constant seeking of approval and to my surprise also recognising within me this apprehension  of writing about metaphysical subjects as a “medical” person! The thing is the “by-line” used for my articles proudly displays as “Dr. Shree Jacob”. When I write on this blog, or when I am with friends I don’t attach the Dr. to my name. I leave my doctor-ness behind in the clinic, so it’s never bothered me. It’s a strange thing which is why the surprise. But, I’m learning to let that go…which is a very good thing too 🙂

I feel like it’s worked out perfectly – just one month after leaving my job to begin a new adventure the Universe gave me a taste of what I had wanted. It gave me the time to get settled into things, to warm up to the idea of writing about the things I was interested in…and when it felt I was ready presented me the chance to do so in a more sustained manner. If I am wise, I will also take from this the lesson that when we aren’t so attached to the outcome of what we want, when we patiently allow Life / Universe to works it’s magic, continuing with what we can do instead of stubbornly insisting that we won’t do anything else except what we have set our expectations on…then the magic of life does truly unfold beautifully…and seemingly seamlessly.

Below is the article from the month of September. This and the rest of the articles will be posted on a separate page which will be up soon 🙂

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36 thoughts on “A new venture

  1. I loved seeing another side of you, modest Dr. Shree. Not once on your blog have you mentioned you have a regular monthly magazine column. I am so impressed and pleased you have been able to actualize this goal.

    If I am wise, I will also take from this the lesson that when we aren’t so attached to the outcome of what we want, when we patiently allow Life / Universe to works it’s magic, continuing with what we can do instead of stubbornly insisting that we won’t do anything else except what we have set our expectations on…then the magic of life does truly unfold beautifully…and seemingly seamlessly. – This is a tough one for me! it seems that some of my dreams have taken forever to become realized, and I am still waiting for others. Yet no one said it would be easy . love the seemingly seamlessly 🙂

    I can learn plenty from your modesty. You have none of the arrogance characteristic of your profession.

    hugs, Linda

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    1. Wow…Linda…hehe..thank you 🙂 Sincerely thank you.
      I was wondering if I should put up my work on my blog (and even my LinkedIn account) like a portfolio thing…but well…I wasn’t sure until during class 2 weeks ago the message I got was to get to it, dang it! So…that sort of sealed the deal in getting me to finally make up my mind that it was okay to do so and to be happy and even proud of my work.

      The reading I had with Zeo…the story that I posted on YeahWrite as a guest post…that too basically is maing me realize that it.is.okay! to do so. And to do it by just infusing it with love and excitement.

      No…I don’t think I have that typical doctor arrogance thingy which I don’t really like either…BUT oh I’ve had times when it’s reared it’s little head snapping at patients (well not exactly snapping but more of being stubborn and ranting away in my head as I sit trying to look quite calm in front of them :P)

      BUT again..thank you for saying that!!

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  2. Great advice and wonderfully written too. I like the way you present the information: makes it less intimidating for any newcomer. I try to meditate every day (I’m guessing you must as well!).

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    1. Hi Letizia! I’m so sorry..for some reason I missed replying to your comment.
      Thank you for dropping by and commenting and thank you for the compliment. I try to meditate everyday too..but some days I don’t but I don’t give myself a hard time for it..hehe.

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  3. Congratulations, Shree, that’s really great!

    I really liked your article, too. It’s written in a very accessible, easy to read style.

    My mind is a wandering maniac. I really should try some form of meditation, but have always been reluctant to do so.

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    1. Thank Peter 🙂

      And haha..my sister told me what she does…she sees her mind as a monkey…gives it a banana and asks it to go enjoy itself…that actually helps her quieten it down!

      Just find something you enjoy doing and when you focus on it…you will realise that your mind actually quietens down a bit..that’s actually a form of meditation too!

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    1. Ahaha..no,no I’m far from famous..BUT I actually *do* sorta kinda know a celebrity (Malaysian) ! So yes! you do know someone famous…by default 😉

      I like your writing style and some of your posts are quite wonky..which is cool..because I’m kinda wonky too..lol.

      Thanks Trey!

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  4. This is beautiful! Loved your article. I liked the idea of meditating while doing the normal things we do, and most certainly will give it a try! Congrats, would love to read the rest of them 🙂

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  5. Big smiles Shree, and I enlarged your article and read it in full, Great advice but then i knew it would be… Oh how exciting it is, when we send out our thoughts with our added intent, how the Universe listens, and we get to achieve our goals in the most wonderful ways…
    I am so pleased about this, and can see you too are so enjoying your writing… Fully endorse what Linda says too…
    You are a beautiful soul Shree, and wishing you well on your new venture may it lead you to fullfull more of your Dreams 🙂 xoxox Hugs Sue xoxox

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    1. Aww thank you, Sue. As are you..a beautiful and wise old soul…well you sure feel like one to me 🙂

      It is true about sending our intentions to the Universe. Another thing I have to keep learning to apply…it has it’s “good tries” and the “not so good tries”…the not so good ones wavers with some doubts and fears…but I’m learning to say “No! I’m going to feel excited about it”

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  6. FANTASTIC! Congrats! I don’t even know you and I’m joyed for you. It would be no less than wonderful to have this assignment. Good luck 🙂

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    1. Hello Words!! Welcome and thank you for such a lovely comment 🙂 Thank you for feeling the joy for me and for such an enthusiastic response to this opportunity, it made me smile and it’s allowing me an opportunity to receive it with gratitude…something I need to learn to do. Also, thank you for reminding me when we give like how you have to me, that is a wonderful gift to the other 🙂

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