Saturday, February 21, 2015
No-Go With the Flow?
For an interesting take on feeling like one has lots of momentum on a project, read this post by Sacha Chua:
You know how when you get going on something, you want to keep going? It's a great feeling. You're in the flow, you're in the zone. Time passes unnoticed. You're getting stuff done.Having two very young children, I almost always (a) face the prospect of being interrupted or (b) have too many things on my plate to work on anything for hours at a time. As a former academic, I miss that, but I have also learned that there can be advantages to breaking in mid-stream.
I don't trust that feeling. At least not all the way.
And I, too, will greet that feeling with some suspicion when I am again in the position to work for long stretches.
"Unless a person's condition is so unbearable that they can't get out of bed or leave the house, I suggest therapy and behavioral change first." -- Michael Hurd, in "Can Emotions Be 'Diseases'?" at The Delaware Wave
"A resilient attitude can be learned." -- Michael Hurd, in "Feeling Sorry for Yourself: Pros and Cons" at The Delaware Coast Press
"If you're a patient considering major surgery, don't let a false memory cost you your life." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Why You Should Record Your Doctor Visits" at Forbes
Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom
In this age of widespread "learned helplessness", it is refreshing to read a piece like the first of Michael Hurd's, above. The idea that depression necessarily requires medication merely reinforces the idea that one has no control over his life. I can't imagine a worse starting point for treatment or recovery!
Oliver Sacks, one of my favorite authors, considers his own mortality, upon learning that he is terminally ill:
I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers.I am grateful to Dr. Sacks for sharing his sense of adventure through his writings, and am sorry to hear he will soon be gone.
Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.