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Limited Service Availability

Updated: Nov 13

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I can't help but notice the staff shortage repercussions experienced in (at least my pocket of) America today.


In the papers, I read, "Shortage of workers... Crippled local businesses... Normally open seven days a week... Short supply... Higher prices... Help wanted signs... Out of stock or back-ordered for several months."


[Deep Breath] I assuredly hold sympathy and grief for the business establishments and those dependent on them for facing such trials amongst these waves of economic fluctuations.


But, what is Essential Service, anyway?


Isn't this natural existence of ours as creatures of the Earth inherently subject to the ebbs and flows of resource availability? (If I'm wrong, please tell me where I can forage for wild berries in January in the Pacific Northwest. Then, I'll remember again that there are always exceptions to my established structural concept of reality).


Still, limited availability is the natural order of things in life, as far as I'm concerned.

We've become pretty darn firm in our beliefs that 12 pack boxes of Diet Mountain Dew ought to be available in predicable intervals every 3/4 miles at every grocer in town.


True ABUNDANCE lies in the promise that we will receive all that we truly need to support us and flourish into our greatest expression of our unique human potential.... not that I can order MacDonald's breakfast at 1pm on a weekday.


What to be very watchful for in our modern uber-consumer society?

  • Manufactured scarcity in a proposal for a transaction of commerce

  • Limited availability deliberately presented as an illusion, obfuscating the reality to exploit our human reaction to "grab it before it's gone!"

Brings to mind a kind of adage I discovered for myself:


"Cook with what you have in the kitchen."

There are several bags of frozen goods in my refrigerator and cans of beans in my pantry that have stood in full availability to me for days upon days. Yet, it's still so natural to focus on what has more recently turned (temporarily) scarce and unavailable.



McDonand's indoor dining booth seat; 9th Street; Walla Walla, WA.

Wednesday Morning.

Damp, rainy, cool, light gray skies.

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