The Volkswagen beetle was the only variety available for over 50 years. Today there are many choices, lots of variety. I guess we need some of that to flavour the days. Henry Ford said you could have any colour of Model T as long as it was black. Less variety allowed him to get his product to more people. How many models of Ford can you count today?
Studebaker used the same body from 1953 to 1964, added the fins by gluing them on in 1956, removed them and changed the roofline in 1962, but the same body. Would more variety have saved that great company? Is this an example of the tug of war between not fixing what is not broken and an incessant need for kaleidoscopic stimulus? Where am I (are you) chasing the kaleidoscope?
Variety is one of those things that if we had it 100% of the time we’d crack. We need some sameness to give us stuff to count on as being as it always has been. Some say a change is as good as a rest. Well, not behaviour I’d recommend with whoever is your main squeeze Yet, I get the idea that the daily grind can be a grind if we don’t vary it some. So, what will you keep and what will you vary today?
If I start my car, then shut it off, again, start/off and start/off and continue, won’t be long before it will die. If I receive a ‘start’ (variety) and another, another… my body has no time to recover (like when I drive the car the battery recharges). I stay in constant flight/fight state which shuts down my healing and rejuvenating functions, digestion etc. Stay there, I’ll die. What are you doing in your life?
The phrase ‘variety is the spice of life’, I believe, suggests moderation. Imagine putting even a teaspoon of spice like cayenne on your meal and doing that every meal. Kind of ruins things. Wendy commented that the watchword for her is ‘harmony’. I like ‘balance’. What word works best for you when it comes to variety? How much variety works for you and how much is just too much or too little?
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