We need communications to flow naturally
We need information to keep flowing
We need our lives to keep flowing so that we don’t feel the passage of time as we are completely immersed in the river of life. The broken pieces of our experiences, hearts and memories shall not stop the river from flowing. The words of Javier beBee in his elite buzz “How to Achieve the "Flow State" are captivating. Javier wrote “The state of flow, or being in the zone, is a state of peak performance”. I feel the truthfulness of these words”. And I found myself asking how would it be possible to keep the flow in our turbulent world? Each one of us has his own river of life. Some life rivers keep flowing while others have very narrow rivers that that the broken selves hinder the free flow of their rivers to the extent that some people commit suicide.
We all pass through difficult experiences and we tend to view them as negative ones. We charge our lives with negativity. These are unavoidable circumstances, but with creative thinking they could improve the flow of our lives. Is this possible? Yes, and I am offering the concrete metaphor to explain.
The Concrete Metaphor
Concrete is made by mixing aggregates, cement and chemical additives. Many times we find that the flow of concrete isn’t constant and hard to mix, to pour in molds or to pump. Water tends to bring the aggregate particles together and the flow of the product becomes tardy. To overcome this problem we add surfactants that have negative charges. These are equivalent to experiences that we view as negative. Without going into scientific details the aggregate particles become coated with negatively charged. Similar charges repel each other and so the charges on the particles repel each other leading to the separation of the aggregates from each other. The road is cleared now for the free flowing of water leading to flowing concrete.
Creativity is turning our negative attitudes and experiences into free flowing rivers of life.
Ali Anani, PhD
Our lives are not different. We have around us people flowing like rivers. Other people are solid like aggregates. Some people are like cement acting as glue to the aggregates. Other people are the plasticizers the keep the flow. Sometimes the flow is so fast that we need to slow it down. Likewise; some people are retarders for the flow. We need them at certain times. Some people may have different charges, but again they help in dispersing the aggregates in the flowing river to keep the flow and its workability.
We call for the cohesion of teams and the free flow of information. Cohesion refers to the strength to which team members attract each other. The more cohesion, may seem always is better. This is true as long as these cohesions allow for the exchange of information and its free flow. If we end up having aggregates of groups forming then the information might get localized. We need to disaggregate in these cases. Charging the team members with a coating of negative news may separate them so that they may allow for the free flow of information.
I find the quote relevant to our previous and intensive discussions on introverts/extroverts. It also serves very well the purpose of this buzz:
Half of me is filled with bursting words and half of me is painfully shy. I crave solitude yet also crave people. I want to pour life and love into everything yet also nurture my self-care and go gently. I want to live within the rush of primal, intuitive decision, yet also wish to sit and contemplate. This is the messiness of life - that we all carry multitudes, so must sit with the shifts. We are complicated creatures, and ultimately, the balance comes from this understanding. Be water. Flowing, flexible and soft. Subtly powerful and open. Wild and serene. Able to accept all changes, yet still led by the pull of steady tides. It is enough.
Rings of Experience
Layering of our thoughts
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