Problems of Abundance

Hey y’all!

Early in my career, my mentor heard me complain about being too busy, and he pulled me to the side. He said that there were two kinds of stress that most people face: The stress of scarcity and the stress of abundance.

The stress of scarcity is like when there isn’t enough money, or not enough customers, or not enough groceries in your house. The stress of abundance is like when you have so many customers your phone is endlessly ringing, or you have too many jobs lined up, or you overcommitted yourself.

“They are both stressful, but given the choice, I will always prefer the stress of abundance.”

This week and next are stressful work-related weeks for me. They are stressful because of the abundance of opportunities, choices, and relationships, so I don’t have room to complain, and much of it is self-inflicted because I committed to things months ago that have now come home to bite me in the butt, In any event, here we are.

So, I didn’t publish anything on the blog this week. However, I did publish Monday’s newsletter and tonight the first installment of my serially published cookbook Food is Love will hit the inbox of people on the Membership team. (If you want to get weekly installments of this book plus other perks and help support my work, you can learn more about how to become part of the membership team by going to this page.)

Note: This stress is in addition to the general stress of living in a democracy that is floundering, and I’m watching the human rights of people being slowly stripped away, while also loving in the aftermath of a pandemic and having co-workers who are fighting COVID. But all that feels so “normal” right now, that it’s easy to forget.

Things you should check out

Writing in a crisis: The things I write are votes for a world where that sort of thing can exist.

There aren’t a lot of podcasts I like, but I really do dig Jocelyn K. Glei. Here’s how I described it once to a friend in an email:

I’m not a huge podcast person, but I really like this one. It’s called Hurry Slowly, and it’s done by a woman named Jocelyn K. Glei. I’ve been listening for years, and at first it was mostly about productivity – hacks and so on – but she has evolved over the years. These days it is mostly about creativity and connection. She came out as queer a few years ago and moved from NYC to rural upstate somewhere just months before the first lockdown. Since she came out she has gone a little woo-woo, but I still dig it. I sorta have a lesbian crush on her, even if she does have some vocal fry that drives me nuts. After all, nobody’s perfect.

Reddit is an interesting place on the Internet. I don’t hang out there at all, but I will often search there if I need some specific information. Like, I was wondering how to hook up a dedicated IP camera for my Bird Project, so I typed “reddit ip camera recording” into Google and found many posts where geeks were arguing about the best way to do just that.

In any event, if you ever have a few minutes to kill, I suggest you pop by the TIL page – which stands for Today I Learned, which is filled with posts telling you facts that someone learned. The comments often have experts chiming in with minor corrections, and the whole scene is fascinating.

Thank You!

Yesterday was the end of Membership Month, my own sort of mini NPR pledge drive I did in honor of my birthday, but you can become a member anytime, and help support my work and give me the artistic freedom to write weird, unprofitable stuff that ought to exist. We had 31 new people join the team in June, and I’m grateful beyond words.

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