And the Yeast Explains Us | 91

In this edition we talk about how COVID-19 has created scarcities and percieved scaricities and how we can manage our perception to be able to make sure we recognize when our needs are being met.


music by Dyalla Swain


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edition we’re gonna be talking about
kovat responses in yeast because the
two are inherently connected and the
lessons you can pull from them are
actually pretty helpful
so for Mike ohrid update I get to let
you guys know that I’m now working from
home yes I and all the other folks I’m
working with are now remote workers in
the most case it seems that the company
I work for is taking proactive measures
and were able to have the technology to
be able to work from home it’s amazing
and I still find that the transition
hasn’t been totally easy it’s taking me
a while to learn this new routine and
develop the history with it that I’ve
had with other routines to be able to be
successful and I think a lot of folks
are finding that one of the friends I’ve
been working with was telling me how she
missed kind of the off hand interactions
that she would normally have in the
office and she said I’m I’m normally an
introvert but this this is much
different you know how do I be able to
make sure that I can engage folks and I
said well you just scheduled about you
know a few -minute phone calls a week
and just getting to know you
conversations and the neat thing about
doing it digitally is you have a much
more flat organization you can schedule
calls with different people all over the
space to be able to kind of get to know
them it doesn’t matter whether they’re
in Australia or in Japan or in one of
these other locations at this point
because you have access to all of them
whereas if they were in the building you
would only have access to the folks who
are in the building and so it’s kind of
neat to be able to do that and I would
encourage all of you if you’re
working remote take the time to get to
meet new people turn the webcam on there
is a significant difference in feeling
connected by being able to see what the
other person is doing turn the webcam on
and if you’re not always staring at the
screen that’s perfectly okay right
recognize that your hair can be messy
and that looking away at the other
screen or looking out the window or even
grabbing a bite to eat or all normal
things now you wouldn’t do those in
in-person meetings but doing those on a
remote meeting or a virtual meeting is
totally appropriate a lot of times we
find ourselves working harder when we’re
virtual and so we may end up having you
know to eat lunch during another meeting
now mute your microphone if you’re doing
this sort of thing but in general you
know in my mind it’s okay to eat I’ve
let people know at the beginning of my
meetings that turn the webcams on your
hair doesn’t matter to me you’re a
person and yes it’s okay to eat so in
this episode today we want to talk a
little bit about yeast because it seems
to be a hot commodity these days and
you’ve probably got other memes out
there and the internet being able to
tell you whether yeast is available or
that sort of stuff and and yeast is an
interesting like food item in general
right so historically speaking when you
read in the scriptures in the Old
Testament when they talk about leavened
bread versus unleavened bread right
leavened at the time yeast is
essentially a mold fungus sort of thing
but it’s one that’s safe to eat and if
you ever had blueberries where they’ve
got a little bit of that mold on the
outside that is very similar from what I
understand to the yeast or a leavening
agent that they would use in the old
testament times to be able to allow
bread to rise now it’s not these
supercharged yeast that we used today
and so it would take longer and so
scripturally when they talk about
unleavened bread is you didn’t have time
to let that leavening process work right
to let that grow and so you know Jewish
tradition has that you would eat
unleavened bread around the Passover now
you know with Christ’s coming and a lot
of other traditions changing right today
we use yeast and a lot of our products
however we do have this supercharged
yeast and it is self-sustaining if you
how to manage yeast in your home you can
actually take a portion of food that has
yeast in it and then be able to kind of
perpetuate that yeast the same way they
did in ancient Lee but not everybody’s
familiar with that and so people can get
pretty nervous when we end up in these
situations where you’re potentially
facing a quarantine and may not be able
to go out and may not be able to
purchase things my mother-in-law works
at a grocery store and Lethbridge
Alberta Canada the grocery store is
essentially downtown and so she’s got a
lot of the older houses in the
neighborhood that you know use that as
their local grocery store it’s pretty
small but it’s stocked with all the
things that you would want from a local
grocery store and she’s been working
there faithfully for a number of years
well that store is responded by
restricting the quantity of items that
they’re letting people purchase so if
you go in there for twilit paper or
flour or some of the other things that
say to be pretty hot commodities to make
sure that other store patrons have the
opportunity to purchase them you know
they limit the amount of quantities that
you can purchase and this totally makes
sense right because again if we look at
market forces you know write them this
is the free market at work that store
owner and manager wants to make sure
more people are happy maybe not getting
everything they want but getting what
they need and so by being able to limit
the quantity of items that people can
purchase at a time he’s not having a
huge spike in the supply chain which
makes it easier for him to get the
supplies he needs and he’s also making
sure that more people have the
opportunity to during the day to pick up
what they need so one of the items that
they’ve limited the quantity sales ever
limited the sales of quantity I don’t
know how to say that but they made it so
you can’t buy more than just a couple
all right is yeast and there was a lady
in the store that my mother-in-law
interacted with and she wanted to buy a
case and a half of yeast now to give you
an idea of how much bread that is right
one of the cases this size that we’re
talking about in my family will allow me
to make close to seventy-five to a
hundred loaves of bread or excuse me
one of the packages in one of the cases
because they’re a little bigger up there
the way they’re packaged will allow me
to make seventy five to a hundred loaves
of bread and that’s a lot of bread so
you can imagine that a case might have
that’s a lot of bread so to buy a
case and a half right to try to buy
of these you know packages of yeast I
mean this lady must be opening up some
bakery sort of shop right she was buying
way too much and you could imagine what
she was thinking she’s coming up on her
life where she has to change her routine
just to change her schedule she has to
change her expectations on what she
needed and she wanted to make sure that
she felt safe so based upon probably not
a very good internal calculation she was
trying to buy everything that she could
that was on her need list not realizing
that by asking for all of what she was
asking for it was actually way more than
what she did need it was well into the
wanted category and so there was an
interaction between her and my
and the manager you know all right there
in the store where she was saying hey I
need to buy this yeast and the manager
and you know my mother-in-law the till
were saying no I’m sorry but you know
you need to you need to you’re only
gonna be allowed to buy two today you
know and again remember that’s like
enough for what a hundred and fifty
at least loaves of bread you know and
and the lady was in such a state that
she didn’t realize that what she had
would meet her needs until she was able
to come back to the store she was in
such a state that she couldn’t calculate
what was going on and what was happening
in her life and I think we do a lot of
that I think that we are all potentially
victims to that sort of trap where we
see something we know we latch on to an
idea that there is something that we
need but we don’t do the calculation to
find out her to remember or to discover
discovers the right word there we don’t
often take the time to discover have I
met my needs and I’m now into my want
territory you know what are the needs I
and when we are scared when we are
anxious it’s very easy for us to latch
on to things that we think will be like
our security blanket and help us get
through that lady was probably so
focused on the yeast that she might have
forgotten other essentials that you
would need in a recipe salt for example
you know and those of you who’ve
listened to me before know I’m a huge
fan of salt and the history behind it
and the book that I read a few months
ago about salt and I think it’s great
so as we’re dealing with this response
and having to look to rebuild our
routines let’s make sure that we can
keep our anxieties down as low as we can
take deep breaths and look around to see
are our needs of really being met and a
lot of ways they have a lot of ways this
has been a really healthy experiment for
our societies I have been out walking
just about every day with my wife and my
youngest daughter and the older kids
stay at home because that’s their choice
but you know we go out and we do about
two and a half miles and it is
absolutely amazing to me to see how many
other families are out walking and
taking dogs for walks and spending time
together and exploring different things
and just looking at the grass you know
which is not quite starting to green yet
but getting close and the buds on the
trees are showing up now and I think I
saw we use this week or this just today
when we were walking you know that time
of year right there taking the time to
notice are we taking the time to notice
that our needs are being met that we
really are blessed last week we talked
about how you know what would this be
like how much of the economy would shut
down if we didn’t have the Internet and
because we do a lot of the economy will
still be shut down but a lot of it will
still be churning and moving and can be
a base for the economic shift that’s
coming ahead of us because there will be
a shift as we get through this and
that’s all it is it’s a shift there are
some activities that will shift from one
space to another the same way that my
kids might be shifting from not having
school to doing school online and
they’ll be shifting from having school
in person to being the
and we’re working on our part to help
that shift happen and have it be well
done and other families are working to
do the same what would that look like
now I’m hopeful and I’m grateful and I’m
hopeful that maybe we rethink how we do
education to be able to allow people to
work at their pace I’ve got one son who
for the most part of his schooling is
pretty bored even when he’s in more of
the advanced classes and I think that if
they went to more of a hybrid model of
Education leveraging technology he’d be
able to push further than where he’s out
and he’s got a really supportive
structure of friends to help him do that
maybe maybe that’ll be one of the things
that comes out of this I don’t know yet
but I do know that my needs are being
met and I do think that maybe yours are
as well and if they’re not being met
well then take a look around and odds
are you have somebody that might be able
to help you but if that somebody is
telling you that you don’t need all the
yeast and take a pause and realize that
maybe you haven’t figured out where your
needs and your wants you know where that
line is at and so that’s it for this
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