It's been almost five years since I stopped following the 'news'. What that gave me is more peace, more creativity, and the confidence that - really - I'm not missing a thing. I actually feel much more connected to life. And I've gained the highest quality, curated news channel I could ever imagine: close friends. The way they filter the junk and pass on the real stuff, enriching it with how they feel about it... wow. What happened this morning might be the best way to explain. So here goes:

It's around 11:30 a.m. Victor and I have been working on the final edit for a series of short films for ninety minutes. We just hit the pause button, and this is what Victor shares: "I shed a couple of tears last night when I heard of Nelson Mandela's death. The way he walked through life, surviving what he did, spending all those years in prison, staying true to what he believed in, supporting his people all the way, and then coming out with just one thing on his mind - peace and reconciliation... such an incredibly powerful human being."

That went straight to the heart. A beautiful salute, a beautiful way to find out, and a beautiful summary of what Mandela wrote in "Long Walk to Freedom".

Photo: 3 heads are better than 1: MYdiba, by Babak Fakhamzadeh on Flickr, under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.

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