Flowing into the Zone in complete Contentment
Creation is a wonderful thing. Each one of us is undeniably different; whether it be body composition, interests, abilities, we are all uniquely different. One thing a lot of people talk about is this concept of "Flow" or being "In the Zone". I recently read an article on it and I thought it put the concept in a very elegant way. The interviewee said it was "where you are reacting to a situation and doing so in a positive light to create something of love, something of beauty."
I know I can personally attest to this feeling, although I've never necessarily looked at it that way. Being a Computer Science major, I've been able to experience flow while sitting at the helm of my creative machine (sitting at my keyboard...in front of my computer...). It takes a while to get into it, but before I know it it's 3 hours later and I've accomplished something I never anticipated. The same goes for climbing, but in a much briefer time frame. One second I'm clambering, fumbling with footwork trying to calm myself. The next second it all turns off; my brain shuts down and focuses on two things: breathing and moving.
Flow comes different for everyone, as the article suggests. It can be climbing, programming, sitting at Church, or out performing some act of love. Flow, to me, seems like God's gift to the busy. To the people who can't relax and are constantly thinking of the next thing and the next thing. It's impossible to get onto the next thing unless you get the first thing done! And if you allow yourself to completely hone in onto what you're doing, this can be an impossibly easy feat.
This post comes on the heels of test week for us Harding students and faces the over-arching shadow of finals week. Tests and projects can be incredibly overwhelming, especially when they are all lumped into one week. But rejoice! God gave us humans the ability to focus to a degree that you would've never imagined! Take everything piece by piece and you'll be incredibly impressed at your recall and your lack of anxiety, because it'll all be there!
Now I pose a question and I want you to think deeply on this one. Where does your state of Flow come from? Knitting? Walking? Building model spacecrafts out of nothing more than silly string, a plethora of paper clips and a little bit of elbow grease? If you don't know where it comes from, find it! It's there, I promise you! And if it is there, embrace it!