My brain has gone into decision fatigue, and all I want to do; indeed, all I have the ability to do, is go home. In her recent book The Art of Choosing, Columbia University business professor Sheena Iyengar cites numerous research studies that indicate an inverse relationship between choice and the ability to decide.In the late 1990s, for example, she and colleagues conducted an experiment in a high-end food store in California.It's an experience common to most Peace Corps volunteers upon their return to the United States.After having spent a couple of years in remote places where consumer choices were limited at best, they go into a grocery store in the U. to buy something and end up standing glassy-eyed in the aisles, paralyzed and overwhelmed by an overload of light and choice.What i Heart Volunteers does: People who volunteer share interests and core values such as compassion, a sense of adventure, flexibility, and most importantly the desire to help improve the lives of people and the communities in which they live.i Heart Volunteers is an exclusive dating service to help these people connect.I did read in Scientific American that emotional bonds are strengthened by doing new things together, feeling vulnerable, sharing frightening situations or stressful physical activities.The Peace Corps provides ample opportunity for all of those.
They have several shelves in the lounge for a book exchange among the volunteers.
I drop books off and look for new ones to read whenever I visit. There are beautiful young people, sex, drugs, alcohol, a love triangle, a gruesome murder and cover up in a tropical setting. Unlike my friends in the Preca Society, Peace Corps volunteers are not required to take a vow of chastity.
With an average age of 27 (skewed upwards a bit by the 10% oldster volunteers like me) and a term of service of over two years, it is not surprising that there are many pairings among the volunteers and with others.
I will post a link to the description I wrote last year of my mother's experience.
Please forgive me for not taking a shot at updating it; this is a difficult exercise for me as it is, since I have missed Mom terribly every day since her death in 2002.