1) I love Whole Foods and their pimped out coffee experience.
2) If someone somehow time-traveled here from the sixties, they'd have but one thought: WTF?
Not so long ago, if someone wanted a cup of coffee, they scooped it from a can they had mindlessly bought from the store, flipped a switch, and brewed it. They probably added non-dairy creamer or a bit of milk, maybe a spoonful of sugar or a Sweet n' Low, and that was that. They caffeinated and went on with their day. Nowadays, it is stunning how many decisions we're confronted with in a simple effort to even so much as catch a morning java buzz. Iced or hot, mocha or caramel, cold-brewed, drip-brewed, French pressed, fair-trade, shade-grown, organic, espresso, dark roast, light roast... and did you want some oatmeal with that? Well, do you want Irish, Scottish, instant, old-fashioned, quick or steel-cut, made with soy, almond, rice or cow's milk, or maybe just some water (filtered or unfiltered?)? The world we live in today is both amazingly colorful and plentiful, and also a total Libran hell. I sometimes find myself getting so caught up in the minutiae of these day-to-day details that it totally colors my ability to focus on the bigger picture of both the day at hand and my life in general. Do you ever experience this?
I think this all hit me this week because within my little family we're still trying to answer a lot of our big life questions about where and how we want to live, exactly what we want this family to look like and what professional paths we're trying follow. Trying to whittle these Big Things down into manageable action items can be so daunting that it is sometimes easier to seek comfort in the routine of the everyday and focus on the questions that are easier to answer (white or wheat? scrambled or poached? decaf or regular?). Knowing that this is a tendency, I think there is some sort of divine procrastination to be found in agonizing over these smaller decisions in life, as they provide a welcome distraction from the bigger issues at hand.
In a world with sooooo many choices, how do you keep from becoming paralyzed by indecision?