I like convenience. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Our time and energy are valuable to us.
The question is whether our choices are congruent with what matters the most to us.
I find it convenient to eat out a lot, typically things that aren’t very healthy. When I’m congruent with what matters to me — local farmers, sustainability and my health — I make and eat things like savory zucchini pancakes.
Tomorrow it’s expected to hit 102 degrees here in Portland, Oregon. It would be convenient for us to have an air conditioner. But we believe in resiliency and treading lightly, with a low carbon footprint. So we do what it takes to stay cool without an air conditioner.
It’s convenient for me to socialize with people who share the same background, politics and income level as myself. When I’m congruent with my values, though, I cultivate friendships with people like Mahamudi, a young refugee from Somalia; and most recently our houseguest Aswan, from Kurdistan. I find that when the chips are down, our differences make no difference — we are united in our human experience.
I struggle with being addicted to convenience, just like everyone else.
But I’m clear that our lives are rich in what matters to the degree that we put congruence ahead of convenience.
The diamond-cut life is something I am chasing, not something I will ever permanently arrive at.
What are you chasing? When have you felt good about putting congruence ahead of convenience in your own life?