I recently listening to an episode of This American Life where they spoke to people who were working in roles where they had to face the same challenges every day. These people had to push the same boulder up the same hill each day, let it roll back a little through the night and get right back to it the next morning. They interviewed a team of people who were working on containing the wildfires in California and were literally cleaning miles of fire hoses and then rolling them into coils. And that’s it. I got to thinking about this idea of repetitive tasks which yield little to no real satisfaction in the short-term and was surprised at how anxious it made me.
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