“Only the gentle are ever really strong.” - James Dean
Ok, I’m going to be completely honest. I’m writing this at 12:30 PM on Sunday. Seven and a half hours before it’s supposed to go out.
I had a few ideas of what I would write about this week, and I planned on doing most of that writing yesterday (Saturday.) But this week has been a total clusterfuck. First, my daughter was sick, then my wife, and yesterday was my turn, so I didn’t write anything.
On top of that, this morning was consumed by prior commitments, and I promised my daughter we would go shopping today for a new dress for her to wear to the upcoming father-daughter dance. So, I’ve got like forty-five minutes for this newsletter. And while I probably have two dozen drafts started, I don’t think I can wrap any of them up in that time.
Thank goodness for read-it-later apps. Let’s put
forty-five forty-four minutes on the clock and see what we can find.
Here’s something for all you overthinkers out there.
11 Mental Tricks to Stop Overthinking Everything
I overthink everything. Like, EVERYTHING. When we bought and remodeled our house seven years ago, I spent six months traveling around, talking to vendors, both manufacturers and installers, trying to figure out what type of flooring to put in our house. I would spend days researching the manufacturing process of different types of tile floors. It was ridiculous.
Because of this, I know way more about flooring than the average person should. It also helped me realize I have a problem. While I’d like to say that my obsession with knowing every fact before making a decision is limited to flooring, it’s not.
It’s so bad I’ve talked to a therapist about it. I get stuck on something and can’t make a decision until I am sure I know everything there is to know. Even worse, once I've decided, I will continue looking for new facts and information, even though it’s too late for them to benefit me.
So when I came across this article, I had to throw it in my “read later” bucket.
If any of this sounds like you, I recommend taking a look. And maybe consider getting some help. 😁
Regenerative Ocean Farming
A Native Perspective on Regenerative Ocean Farming
This article was written by Dune Lankard, a native Alaskan who grew up living off the land and, for the past 35 years, has been an activist fighting to preserve the land he loves.
I’ve been reading a lot about different regions of the world and how they have been negatively impacted by industrialization, but hearing Dune’s detailed description of how his homeland has been affected by things such as commercialization and oil spills is especially heartbreaking. It’s worth the ten minutes it takes to read.
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LOL feeling personally attacked by your overthinking section.
“Even worse, once I've decided, I will continue looking for new facts and information, even though it’s too late for them to benefit me.”
Let’s just reframe this as passion, curiosity, and an eagerness to learn more! 😅
That Jon Stewart clip is so painful to watch, how someone can be so deft with a lack of awareness amazes me lol
Hope you and the family are feeling better!
I was introduced to the concept of Maximizers vs Satisficers within the last couple years and realizing I’m a Maximizer (essentially overthinking a decision) I’ve tried to both chill and sometimes lean into. It’s funny because I’m not even picky and often happy with the end result, but then for some reason also need to make a spreadsheet when buying sunscreen 😅