I now have the words to describe how I cope in the current times.
Some days I was looking at my life through a foggy windshield. I found I was, at times, languishing. It was a sense of stagnation.
Languishing was causing me to lose focus, and my motivation was reduced. I wanted to stop being indifferent to my own indifference.
The solution – flow. It is a feeling I have when I’m in the zone. It includes things like alliterations, mastery, mindfulness and mattering. OK, a bit of a stretch.
Here’s my personal example. I write a Blog every week, Thursday mornings, in fact. Mastering the writing was a challenge. My teachers over the years are probably shaking their heads that I am actually writing regularly. And folks are enjoying my writing. But I knew I was weak with grammar. What the heck is a dangling participle anyway? Software is not only keeping me out of the grammar-weeds, but I’m also learning to write better. I seemed to have mastered the actual writing component, at least above a minimum requirement. Hence, it is not the main focus of readers’ reactions.
Mindfulness. An old concept with a new label. It just means being focused and very aware of yourself. So every Thursday morning, I set out my tools in the kitchen. For about two hours, the world around me stops as I zero in on selecting a topic, research, then write and finally edit.
Mattering. It is healthy if that effort matters to at least one other person, a family member or all the way to anonymous Blog readers. The feedback I get on the website and in emails tells me the Blog regularly resonates with others.
Flow involves momentum. The Blog has led me to learn about being a better writer. This led to getting input from a professional writer, which led me to work on how to write a play.
I look forward to the ‘play-time’ writing. I set aside times every week in my calendar.
Something called time-confetti describes how we chop up our time into small bits. Repeatedly checking our social media is an example. Better boundaries can result in a better flow.
Please give this a bit of a think. Try to identify one of your behaviours that tend to block your own flow, and identify one of your current flow behaviours. Please tell me about your findings.
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