Ah, the grind; I know it well; too well. This is a very thoughtful, thought-provoking, well written and articulated piece. Thank you for this. “The longer I live, the more I am satisfied of two things: first, that the truest lives are those that are cut rose-diamond-fashion, with many facets answering to the many-planed aspects of the world about them; secondly, that society is always trying in some way or other to grind us down to a single flat surface. It is hard work to resist this grinding-down action.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, “The Professor at the Breakfast-Table”, 1859.