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Reflections by Kunal Gupta

Reflections by Kunal Gupta

By Kunal Gupta
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A Beautiful Day

Reflections by Kunal Gupta

One Year In
It was one year ago today that I moved to Portugal and it has been an incredible first year in this new continent, country and culture.
August 28, 2022
A Beautiful Day
Earlier this week, I was complaining to my therapist about how I wanted more spontaneity in my life.
July 24, 2022
Swimming In The Sea
Flowing with waves of desires arising and disappearing is how I will continue to swim through life.
July 17, 2022
Third Place Thinking
Every choice, action or word is part of a chain of cause and effect. I appear to be more the effect than the cause in my life, and that feels disconcerting to say out loud.
June 05, 2022
Annoying Parents
The love of a parent towards a child is said to be unconditional. It could also be said that the love of a parent towards a child is annoying.
May 01, 2022
Drive My Car
I have observed in life that the benefits of practicing trust often outweigh the risks of feeling disappointed.
April 17, 2022
The Most Valuable Real Estate
There is a piece of real estate that I have discovered to be the most valuable in the world.
April 10, 2022
The Best Choice
The desire to pick the best available option, be it a movie, a restaurant, a picture, or anything else in life, is also a fear of making a poor choice.
April 02, 2022
The Limitations I Avoid
My conditioning has been to believe there are no limitations to my time, and that I can do anything, and everything.
March 13, 2022
How I Feel
There is an expectation that my motivation and interest in some thing, some one or some place, remains constant. Like a straight line that is trending slightly up, my interest should be increasing over time.
February 13, 2022
My Inefficient Life
There is a conflict with my desire for the new, and my conditioning to expect efficiency in every part of life.
January 30, 2022
I Know
It may often feel like you must have it all together and figured out in life. That you must know exactly where you are going, how to get there, and to be on your way.
January 23, 2022
What I Want
The moments I have experienced the most stress, anxiety, anger, frustration and disappointment have been when my expectations were many
January 16, 2022
Making Mistakes
The ultimate freedom in life is the freedom to make mistakes.
January 09, 2022
The Most Important Decision
I have learned that the most important decision is not where to go, but how to get there.
January 02, 2022
21 questions to make peace with 2021
It is now to make peace with the past year.
December 26, 2021
A Past Love
Last week I found myself back in New York, for the first time since leaving abruptly in March 2020, and I was scared about going back.
December 12, 2021
Just For Today
When I know that something is temporary, my tolerance for it appears to increase.
November 28, 2021
One-Sided Coin
To see, want or expect only what I desire is to collect one-sided coins. One-sided coins do not exist, which means that I am only fooling myself if I am searching for them.
November 20, 2021
Stream Of Change
I often feel that change is happening to me.
November 13, 2021
Dealing With Desire
For a long time, I naively believed that once my current desires were fulfilled, I would feel happier, or that my life would be better.
November 07, 2021
Facing the unknown
In every situation I am faced with, especially those with the unknown, I can choose to respond with fear or belief.
October 17, 2021
My Relationship With The Unknown
Along my journey through life, there are many moments when fear arises, usually associated with some unknown.
October 03, 2021
100 Days
What two or three priorities will you focus on in the next 100 days?
September 26, 2021
The Future of Work
Living in a different country, continent and culture over the past few weeks has both inspired me and challenged me in unexpected ways.
September 18, 2021
Why I Moved Halfway Across The World
Ten days ago, I booked a one-way ticket to a new country and continent.
September 05, 2021
Two Sides of a Coin
It is easy for me to see only one side of a coin.
August 21, 2021
Work In Progress
Yesterday while on a walk through the downtown core of a city, my attention was drawn to all of the scaffolding, cranes, trucks and construction happening everywhere that I looked.
August 15, 2021
One-Way Ticket
A little while ago, I booked a one-way ticket, packed a suitcase and left.
August 07, 2021
The Pursuit Of Life
When I reflect on my life in chapters, each chapter has been defined by a primary motivation that I had been in pursuit of.
July 25, 2021
Difficult Decisions Made Effortless
I recently decided to get a car and found the process to make a decision surprisingly difficult.
July 17, 2021
Fear Is My Friend
Fear generally has a negative association with it. Our culture encourages me to become fearless, to conquer fear and to not talk about fear.
July 11, 2021
The Chemistry of Connection
To connect with others in physical proximity has become a unique experience for the better part of a year.
July 04, 2021
Comfort With Clutter
While I am a neat and tidy person, my parents are not.
June 27, 2021
A Currency More Valuable Than Money
What I am discovering is that, unlike the currency used to trade money, I have my own currency in life, unique to me, as do you
June 20, 2021
The Bridge From Intelligence To Intellect
This is a question of knowing versus thinking. The pursuit of intelligence is a pursuit of learning.
June 13, 2021
The Gravity of Fear
Fear seems to have a gravitational field, capable of sucking in everything that comes into proximity with it.
June 06, 2021
A Bird In The Hand
There is a desire that I often feel to let go of the bird in my hand, in the hope that there will be two in the bush waiting for me.
May 22, 2021
My Post Pandemic Bucket List
Many decisions, big and small, will be made over the next few months that will influence the direction of my life over the next few years.
May 15, 2021
Nothing Is Permanent
This morning while on a walk with my father, I asked him innocently ‘how are you similar to your parents?’.
April 24, 2021
The Bridge of Belief
To know what it is that I uniquely believe does not come automatically. It is much simpler to figure out what I should believe.
April 17, 2021
Chasing Clouds
To try to know is like chasing clouds. I cannot actually do it for very long, as everything changes.
April 11, 2021
The Seed Of Growth
Everything changes. I know this to be a fact of life. However there is often a strong resistance to change. 
April 04, 2021
How To Fulfill A Desire
I realize that my reality does not always measure up to my dreams and desires.
March 28, 2021
The Great Experiment
Over the past year, work from home has not been an idea but an experience.
March 21, 2021
The Great Teacher
In the past year, I have uncovered surprising and unexpected discoveries about myself. The world had to turn upside down first for me to turn my mind upside down and begin to look at my life differently than I may have before.
March 13, 2021
The Desire For Perfection
I have a confession. I am an aspiring perfectionist. I may always have been, and might always be.
March 07, 2021
The Search For Balance
It is in my nature to be in balance. That is what I have now learned. The moment that I strive for balance, I am out of balance. 
February 27, 2021
The Sound Of Silence
Yesterday, I took a walk by a frozen river while a fresh coat of snow fell gently to the ground. At one moment, I paused and heard something I had not heard for a while. It was the sound of utter and complete silence. No people walking. No cars driving. No birds chirping. No water flowing. No wind blowing. I stood there, quietly, in awe of the power of the sound of silence.
February 20, 2021
My Life Is A Canvas
I have been reminded recently that my life is a canvas, and I am the artist.
February 13, 2021
The Impermanence Of This Moment
A few days ago, I held my newborn nephew for the first time and I noticed how my attention was immediately captivated, unlike ever before.
February 06, 2021
The Kitchen Of My Mind
Mindset is the bridge for me to move from surviving to thriving. And one that I have to continue to cross, as it’s a two way bridge.
January 30, 2021
My Desire For Predictability
The truth is that my journey through life is unpredictable. The question is whether I am willing to see and accept the beauty in this truth.
January 23, 2021
I Do Therefore I Am
I see now that the reason that I believe this is because that is the culture and society in which I have grown up in. We all have.
January 16, 2021
Notice What You Notice
As I have begun to notice what I notice, I have seen my curiosity for understanding why I believe what I do grow. 
January 10, 2021
Like A Snowflake
While on my own path, there are some big decisions and many small decisions that inform where I go.
January 02, 2021
Make Peace With The Past
This is a sacred time of the year for me, more important and powerful than even my birthday.
December 20, 2020
The Inefficient Human
Machines are predictable, usually reliable and very consistent. Humans are not.
December 13, 2020
The Search For Truth
How do I know if something is true?
December 06, 2020
How To Turn On A Light Bulb
I woke up one week ago today with no electricity and no water in the place I was staying.
November 29, 2020
Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge
Imagine a world where we place as much, or possibly more, value on imagination than we do on knowledge. That is a world that sounds inspiring to me.
November 22, 2020
The Boy Lost In The Woods
A little boy went for a walk. Lost in thought, he ended up deep into the woods.
November 14, 2020
Hide And Seek
Similar to the playing hide and seek, in the game of life, I am seeking solutions to many problems.
November 08, 2020
Who Is Really In Control
Pay attention to what you pay attention to.
November 01, 2020
The Bridge From Here To There
All of the frustration, anxiety and nervous tension that I feel is when I want reality to be different from what it is.
October 25, 2020
The Art Of Gratitude
Gratitude is a deeply personal experience. It is not only a state or feeling that I get to experience privately, it is also entirely up to me how I choose to express it.
October 11, 2020
The Richness Of Reality
Reality is full of richness and all that it takes to see it is to open my eyes.
October 04, 2020
When Life Feels Effortless
There is a magical space where life feels effortless to me and where I feel most alive.
September 27, 2020
Walk The Tightrope
Life feels like walking a tightrope.
September 20, 2020
The Someday Experiment
Each week has seven days in it, and none of them are called “someday”.
September 13, 2020
The Deceptive Shadow
It is my own shadow that ironically gets in the way of me being able to see the fullness of my life at times.
September 06, 2020
To Dance With The Unknown
In the face of The Unknown, we have options and get to choose how we show up.
August 30, 2020
The Human Condition
The human condition is to want what others have, believing that it is better than what we have. It is to feel dissatisfied with our current reality, and hope or expect a brighter, stronger and happier future.
August 23, 2020
Inner Wisdom
A guided meditation to help us begin to listen to our inner wisdom.
August 17, 2020
Lost At Sea
I feel lost in the current movement on racial equity. It has triggered a deeper reflection on the influence of culture and society on my own identity.
August 02, 2020
The Richness Of Race
The richness of race, beyond my own, has continued to shape me in profound ways.
July 26, 2020
The Empty Spaces
My empty spaces are filled with information, possibly the most valuable information and definitely the most relevant information that I have access to.
July 19, 2020
Like A Sponge
The company that we keep, the content that we consume, the contemplations that we explore, all shape our values.
July 12, 2020
A New Declaration
In the pursuit of individual independence, we have run away from one another, and perhaps even run away from ourselves. Our pursuit of individual independence may have gone too far.
July 04, 2020
The Fourth Crisis
A fourth crisis is beginning to emerge. It is a result of the cumulative intensity from the health crisis, the economic crisis and the social crisis.
June 28, 2020
The Unexpected Failure Of Facebook
Just when we thought Facebook might have been turning a corner, it is clear now that this is one dog that does not want to learn new tricks.
June 24, 2020
100 Days Of Clarity
What have I learned about myself in the past 100 days in lockdown?
June 21, 2020
Slipping Through The Cracks
I have been one of the lucky few, who somehow slipped through the cracks of a society and a system designed to discriminate against so many.
June 14, 2020
The State Of Digital Media: Leaders And Laggards
In my role as CEO of Polar (, for the past few years, I’ve published a quarterly State Of Digital Media report that captures the hundreds of conversations that I have regularly with leaders at publishers, agencies, brands and platforms from all corners of the globe. Unlike what you read in the industry trade publications, these reports have been filled with insights and opinions that reflect what my peers are thinking about but may not want to share publicly yet. You can read/share this reflection on my LinkedIn:
June 09, 2020
The Destruction Of Discrimination
Like the Coronavirus, discrimination is a villain that continues to infect all of us.
June 07, 2020
The Truth About Productivity
There is a difference between working a lot and being productive. We may be working a lot, especially in this time, that does not mean that we are being productive.
June 04, 2020
A Desire For Change
The many social inequalities that we are witnessing are but symptoms of a different issue.
May 31, 2020
Unconscious Expression
Each moment is an unconscious expression of who I am.
May 24, 2020
Our Future Is Limited Only By Our Imagination
The state of lockdown that we are in would have been completely unimaginable and absurd to talk about, even 100 days ago. 
May 17, 2020
Less Is More
The most epic spring cleaning of my lifetime, and yours, is now in motion. Our spaces, lifestyles and beliefs are evolving as a result of the constraints the health pandemic and resulting economic crisis has introduced to everyone.
May 10, 2020
The Search For Unconditional Balance
Perhaps, only once we each find balance within ourselves, will we learn how to restore a new balance for each other and for the future of humanity.
May 03, 2020
The Many Layers Of Our Identity
We are more than what we do, where we are, how we appear and how we play.
April 26, 2020
The Art Of Crying
Our culture has trained us to associate crying with weakness. I feel otherwise. 
April 19, 2020