Saturday, November 29, 2014

It's all in the approach

"Like all other sources of flow related to bodily skills--like sport, sex, and aesthetic visual experiences--the cultivation of taste only leads to enjoyment if one takes control of the activity. As long as one strives to become a gourmet or a connoisseur of wines because it is the 'in' thing to do, striving to master an externally imposed challenge, then taste may easily turn sour. But a cultivated palate provides many opportunities for flow if one approaches eating--and cooking--in a spirit of adventure and curiosity, exploring the potentials of food for the sake of the experience rather than as a showcase for one's expertise."  - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow

And so it is with everything. It's in the approach, the perspective. Work. Leisure. Life. Approach it as an obligation, and it becomes a struggle, but let it sit in your mind as something to be explored, mastered, enjoyed, and it is transformed.

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