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INSIGHT: Enough of Too Much?

Peter Nicholson

Staying Put

I cancelled my Thanksgiving plans. Recently, I was in New York, and struck by the pace. Having lived there once, and visited many times, I’m not sure why the intensity was more apparent this time around. Industries are emerging to facilitate the never-stop, on-the-go lifestyle. One works to earn enough to afford the fresh food delivery and ride-sharing services that the hectic career requires. The more you work, the more you need. I enjoy being busy, flowing from one task to another over the course of a day. That said, I’ve tried to become more aware of my limits, and better at responding to them. I thought a few days in Michigan this week, right after returning from one trip, and just before departing for another, would satisfy my desire to relax. Planning the respite turned out to increase my stress, not alleviate it. Part of achieving greater sustainability requires determining when there’s just too much of something, such as carbon, materials, wasteful energy consumption, etc, and then trying to reduce it, rather than striving to invent more ways to accommodate it. Being in New York, as enjoyable as it was, showed me how I don’t want to live. Staying put this week will hopefully begin to help me savor how I do.