I will take the inconvenience, thank you very much

I. I was sorting our trash for the bokashi compost when I realized why only a few households do it even if there is a long list of benefits. It is inconvenient.

Segregating the trash, cutting up the organics to size, filling the bucket, and mixing it with soil definitely takes more time than chucking the trash inside the bin and forgetting about it.

Sure, all the steps to bokashi composting are simple but it involves plenty of consciousness. Who would want that?

I would. This little time investment every day makes a difference for the environment. Immediately, less trash in the landfills. And for once, I am putting something valuable back into the Earth instead of taking. And honestly, it is not hard. The return of investment is 10x. I will take the inconvenience, thank you very much.

II. Whenever I feel lockdown fatigue, I am engulfed by sadness and grief for the world. What could have been? All the opportunities we have lost!

But I think about the sacrifices of my sisters and all their colleagues in healthcare – the long and toxic hours, infection and death constantly by their necks, distancing from their families. Suddenly, I am more open to staying at home even if I get claustrophobic and am ever only millimeters away from despairing sometimes.

It honestly infuriates me, how others can act irresponsibly, pretend everything is normal, or worse, gather in mass numbers denying the pandemic. Is it bad that fatalities from the coronavirus are immediately cremated? Would the situation sink in better if we piled up all the dead bodies and created a coronavirus monument for each country?

We are all called to rise up for each other during this time. Stay at home, wear your masks, wash your hands. I will take the inconvenience, thank you very much.

III. One thing people seem to misplace during this pandemic is personal responsibility. It is easy to complain about the restrictions. Do you know what is even easier? Forgetting to take care of our bodies.

In another life, I used to be a nurse, and I still am a registered nurse. Even then, I noticed there is only a small number of people who gives a shit about preventive healthcare. One would assume it is exploding by now. But no. Why take personal responsibility when it is easier to complain?

What will save us from the coronavirus, or any illness at that, is not just what we do during this pandemic, but the healthy habits we have created throughout our lives. Eating healthier, exercising, prioritizing sleep, minimizing stress – these pieces of advice have been thrown around an infinite number of times. They are simple, effective, and also hard.

Implementing them means putting ourselves first and realizing that without self-care, everything around our lives will be suboptimal. Preventive healthcare means being conscious of our actions and disciplining ourselves because our mind and bodies are worth the supposed hassle. It is playing for the long-term. I will take the inconvenience, thank you very much.

IV. Not everything in this life is meant to be a breeze. Some things are demanding, frustrating, and exhausting. But let us focus on why we are doing it.

Awareness will bridge the chasm between effort and inconvenience effectively, if not seamlessly. In fact, the more awareness we create, the faster the inconvenience disappears.

Next time, let us not ask ourselves what inconvenience are we passing up but reflect on what are we willing to invest in to improve our day, our lives, and the world. Let us take the inconvenience, thank you very much.

80 thoughts on “I will take the inconvenience, thank you very much

  1. Micah, you are seriously awesome. I just love you and your writing to pieces! 😊 Honestly, you are gifted and are a gift. Thank you for sharing your heart and wisdom with all of us. I believe you are making a difference, bringing awareness, and that is a beautiful thing!

    I agree with you 100%. Small changes often have the biggest impact over time. Why would be choose to be so lazy that even this minimal amount of effort becomes too much? It doesn’t make sense!

    We are big into composting here and have quite a healthy pile out back past the garden. I was unfamiliar with bokashi composting! Thanks to you I will be looking into this. Much appreciation for you sharing this method. It sounds very interesting.

    What you wrote about taking care of ourselves is a BIG topic worth talking about. You’re absolutely right. Many people are so flippant about, “It’ll never happen to me!” (sigh) Even if it doesn’t – are their choices affecting someone else? If the answer is yes – how selfish have we become that so many genuinely don’t care? It’s madness and terribly sad.

    Sending my love to you. Thank you for sharing your truth and your heart. You are loved & valued! 💕

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    1. Thank you, Holly. Always so generous. I appreciate your love and time. How do you use your compost? Growing veg? I like bokashi because it saves space and no rotten smell. I just hope we can put ourselves together, as a species, to turn this around. Because no amount of stuff you or I do can solve this. It has to be a collective shift. Some days I get hopeless, too. But we keep trying, don’t we?

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    1. Sorry, I clicked enter too soon…Awareness will bridge the chasm between effort and inconvenience effectively, if not seamlessly. In fact, the more awareness we create, the faster the inconvenience disappears. There were so many good points in this post, and I loved your view on awareness. I too will take the inconvenience. For example, I do not like to workout, but I know how that is keeping me healthy and I’d much rather workout 30 minutes a day for a few days or so a week versus having to live in a doctor’s office, hospital, or pharmacy. Being aware of how working out keeps me healthier definitely minimizes the thoughts of the inconvenience of actually working out.

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      1. Thank you. I respect you for your healthy choice. I mean, it is just a question of what we want to invest in, right? We can either workout today to boost our immunities and get all that good stuff or pay health insurance because we know what is coming. I suppose, putting our choices in context helps a lot. Many thanks for sharing your thoughts and welcome to our blog!

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        1. Exactly, and I’d rather invest little time on workout than waste money on appointments and medicine! Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to more of what’s to come.

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  2. I so admire you two, and that you’re willing to suffer some inconvenience for the larger sake of our planet. Thank you. We try to live very simply, as well, and have succeeded in many ways. In other ways, not as much. One thing that makes us very happy is that our local recycling center is finally taking glass after many years of not accepting it. Hooray!

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    1. Oh, that is some good news! We appreciate a lot about your lifestyle, too, and fantasize about your garden. Have you grown potatoes? So much beauty in simplicity. Thank you but as you know, it is not really that hard to live this way. It is just a matter of living our values. I suppose figuring out what we truly value in life is the harder part. What we really hope to do in the future is recycle plastic better and turn them into eco bricks, for example. But I think a proper shredder is not cheap and will require some investment.

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      1. Such a quick response! 🙂 We used to grow potatoes, but eventually stopped. We used to pay the kids to pick potato bugs off the plants–they got to be quite a nuisance. Nowadays we just don’t eat that many potatoes and our garden is actually quite small. We don’t grow squash any more. But we are trading green beans for 3 giant squash tomorrow!

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        1. I was reading comments when yours popped up. These interactions really matter to me. I know most people communicate in thumbs and hearts these days, but I appreciate comments, someone giving their time to you and listening (well, reading) and talking to you – nothing beats that connection. Do you have any tips for potatoes? Grow in summer? Do not water a lot? We are trying to grow them in containers but have no idea. Haha! Wow, giant squash sounds amazing. Plants are so exciting.

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  3. Thank you for this post! I totally share the frustration. inconvenience is such a small price to pay for long term health and environmental benefits and i hope more people will realize that.

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  4. Hey Micah, I absolutely loved this blog post, and I agree with you on so many of your points. Regarding the inconvenience, I think some of us tend to consider short-term benefits when making decisions. For instance, wearing a mask is a short-term inconvenience, and that’s all that people focus on. In the long term and in a big picture context, wearing a mask means so much more. If we can all cooperate and don our masks, I don’t see why we cannot stamp out the pandemic or at least reduce it to a more manageable level.

    So, yes. I am with you on that and I will take the inconvenience as well, thank you very much.

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      1. Uni is alright though it is getting a little busier. As you can tell, I’m a little late in responding to comments. The workload is a little better during the weekends and that’s when I find time for the blog. Thanks for asking, hope both you and Markus are doing well!

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        1. Thank you. We are well. I still think you are doing a good job managing studies and your blog. I always appreciate your posts because they are so thorough, then I remember, oh wait, Ming is juggling this with academics, and I start to really appreciate the effort that goes into it. Just like spending the weekend replying to comments!

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    1. Thanks. We keep going back and forth with regulations and it is frustrating. Whereabouts in The Ph are you? I just feel like if we are only able to discipline ourselves, we will get a grip on things sooner and actually be able to go out more safely following protocols. There is a way to live with the risk, but it is not this way that society is practicing now.

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  5. do you want to hear something weird? my life didn’t change at all since covid, i was already stuck at home! the only thing that has changed is my global consciousness

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      1. well, technically, it’s weird that my life is the same, technically lol… but my consciousness of what the world is going through has exploded inside of me, you know?

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  6. Agree. As to your last point, I would go even further and say that almost everything worthwhile is NOT a ‘breeze’! Anything worthy and valuable takes considerable time, effort, concentration and sacrifice…

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    1. Thank you. Yes, interestingly, when we put it in perspective, it is not even inconvenient at all. For example, It does not take me a long time to prepare the organics for the bokashi compost and 20 seconds is not a long time to properly wash my hands. As you said, little things make a difference. But what will take us to focus on the difference instead of the inconvenience?

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  7. Fortunately I have a nice chunk of land and am able to have a compost pile. I don’t have to worry about cutting things up. That compost definitely comes in handy with my garden. Sorry to hear CORONA is still so bad where you are. My mom is a registered nurse here, and she said our common flu is killing more now than CORONA is here. But we were once where you are now, so I know how frustrating it can be!

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    1. I am glad to know corona mortality has eased in your country. Hoping your mother is keeping safe, too. How do you do your composting? Just cover the organics with soil? How long does it compost? I like bokashi because there is no smell and I can do it in buckets and collect fertilizer juice off it.

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      1. I wholeheartedly agree! I don’t feel enough people take this virus seriously. I hear a lot of people say that it’s not a “death sentence” or that even if they contracted the virus it wouldn’t be “that bad.” It frustrates me so much! I believe that if everyone worked together in a peaceful way then our world can heal and we can make strides in overcoming this pandemic.

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        1. That is the problem: it is a death sentence for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, young and old. Maybe governments should plaster the death toll everywhere with pictures. Maybe it sinks in when we see the dead bodies. What do you think? I agree, we need to work together if we are to heal correctly. We are already a very traumatized generation, just because of this year.

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          1. You are absolutely right! I think if people saw the critically ill patients in the hospital and/or the dead bodies it would feel more real to them. I know personally whenever I have shared pictures of myself in ICU on the ventilator it made my condition more visible and real to my family and friends. Although the death toll numbers are shared publicly, there are little to no pictures of the hell patients go through fighting this virus. I think if more people had consistent visual reminders of the devestation this virus causes, then maybe it would give them s much needed kick in the rear to take it seriously enough to change their attitude and behavior.

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              1. Thankfully I have not been infected with coronavirus but I have been in the ICU on the ventilator multiple times for my asthma and throat swelling due to a rare condition called hereditary angioedema. Being in the hospital during this pandemic is both crazy and scary. You can’t have any visitors or loved ones with you. The scariest thing is you can’t communicate to the medical staff and your family isn’t there to communicate on your behalf. My heart breaks for the people who have died in the hospital during this pandemic and weren’t able to have their families at the bedside.

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                1. Sorry to hear about your condition. I hope nothing triggers it at this time because like you said, now is not the time to visit the hospital. And I agree, coronavirus is a sad, isolated illness and death. Families cannot grieve properly, too. Again, this highlights why we need to suck it at this point and just stay at home. Compare that task to what frontline workers must fulfill and we really get the longer end of the stick, right?

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  8. I love this post so much. All points are real.

    For us, it is hard to compost because we live in a full concrete building but for the little space where we plant our herbs, we still use compost, we do the simple ones we’re taught in school when we’re young (I was in public school so gardening has been extremely emphasized).. I will watch the video later, this is the first time I have heard of that type of composting…

    People have less and less regard for the environment, I have read this post yesterday and I am shocked. https://campogeno.wordpress.com/2020/09/07/dfb-team-ist-abgehoben/

    My husband forgets to hand sanitize all the time. I mean he washes his hands a lot but it’s different when we’re out (he waits to get home & wash). We used to go out with gloves on but we have also become more lenient about it — for some unknown reason… but I still always sanitize and spray everything I touch. He doesn’t. We had an argument about how his laziness could get us Covid. He only realized how serious I am when he saw my bleeding hands. I have atopic dermatitis and it is worsened by the hand sanitizing and you know, sanitizing damaged skin is torture. I told him I had to endure all these for our safety. LOL. He finally agreed to carry the Ironman keychain sanitizer I got for him.

    About preventive healthcare— this pandemic taught me how important this is. TBH, Brook gets admitted 2-3x a year. That’s for bronchitis or pneumonia (due to severe asthma), he gets hospitalized for 1-2 weeks every season change. But this year, 2020 — at the height of the pandemic, we haven’t been to the hospital even once. Since I was so afraid to go (and get infected), we religiously nebulize Brook every opportunity we get. My RT friends gave me the right dose for someone who isn’t on an attack. We never had an asthma episode and we see to it that he takes Seretide as prescribed and no more lazy days… To be fair, husband’s work from home and we’re able to do that vs regular programming when Brook’s in school and we both are @ work. Hence the lack of opportunity.

    Sorry for leaving the longest comment in the world…

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    1. First of all, I always look forward to your comments and love hearing your thoughts. Happy to know you use compost and keep an herb garden! I like bokashi because it has no smell and I just need two buckets to do it, space-saver!
      Oh, this article is in German! But yes, crazy how people can disrespect nature. It is as if we have a different plant to move into! I feel we need to be more connected to who we are – if we are more aware, more connected, we will also be more connected to what is surrounding us.
      Sorry to hear about your hands. I hope moisturizing it often helps, too. But I am glad your husband is finally on board. You are right – everyone in the family should participate, otherwise it does not work. And good job with Brook. If only all mothers are like you! The horror stories my sisters share sometimes.
      See, we both write comments as blog posts and it is fun!

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      1. Yes, it’s in German. I’ve come to meet a lot of German bloggers, although I only read their blogs thru Google translate… Geno has a widget translator and others, I just copy and paste it on a web translator. This is my favorite blog in German https://caraxvannuys.blog/
        Moisturizing a lot helps, I have a prescription for QV and Elica… but I will just wash my hands or sanitize again… so sometimes, it’s a waste of cream… I am like that pre-pandemic, it’s like I always smell something on my hands having touched something, like fish or crabs I’ve eaten a week ago, I will smell it til today despite having washed 500 times already or something… it’s like an ocd involving my hands and my olfactory sense… you must see a lot of weirdness online right!? 😀 Although this is a deterrent to my normal life, it’s fine because at least, I am clean 😀
        It must be so difficult for your sisters to watch and care for patients and their families especially at this trying times. Seeing lots of death is heartbreaking. Thanks to the healthcare providers for sacrificing their safety to care for others… Ellen Pompeo dedicated their first shooting day post-lockdown and mentioned that since Grey’s Anatomy stopped filming, about 7000 healthcare workers have died from Covid, I don’t know how accurate the numbers are, as yet, still devastating.
        We really have to be grateful despite the boredom, difficulties, and stress this pandemic has brought us, because we’re still alive and well, while others have lost their lives and are risking their lives to keep us safe.

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        1. Yes, I know that blog, too! Have you been to Germany? Well, we all have our quirks. I hope this leads to overall wellness for you. Cases are rising again here and my sisters keep saying the same thing – if these people just stayed at home. It is claustrophobic but a lot better than spreading infection or death. And yes, we still have many things to be grateful for!

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          1. The recent death toll shocked me… because I thought the virus had already weakened..

            I haven’t been to Germany unfortunately, but I’ve always wanted to go..

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    1. I respect you for being responsible in public. I do not understand how some people cannot be asked to wear a face mask or social distance. What are they thinking? I hope you find motivation for personal healthcare at some point, if not for your own then something or someone else. What do you find particularly uninspiring about it?

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  9. Very true. I live in India, which has the second highest pandemic cases in the world. There isn’t a lockdown in my vicinity at the moment but I’m surprised by how carelessly people are moving around, sometimes without even a mask. I guess personal responsibility and taking care of ones own health is the need of the hour. Well said.

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    1. Sorry to hear about the state of your country. It is bad in Manila here, too. As you said, there is a big gap between the severity of cases and the actions people are taking. I am not sure what it will take for the public to take this seriously. I understand that it is not real until it happens to someone you know, but do we really want to wait for this? How can we risk the death of our parents and families? It is beyond me.

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    1. Thank you. The first two are taken at our tiny house. That is our beach and my sisters, who work their asses off every day while others hold anti-coronavirus protests. It is maddening some days. The last one is Markus in his hippie clothes leading a meditation session during one of our retreats last year in Tagaytay. At the back is a lake within a lake within a volcano that erupted early this year. I don’t think I would tire of this view actually.

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