The song “Heigh-Ho” is from the Disney movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Then there’s the bumper sticker that says “I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go.” Seemingly tongue in cheek, but it’s the reality for many; “heigh-ho” has taken on a meaning of a modern “shrug” or acceptance.
There’s a utopian theory that machines and technology will make production so efficient that humans need to work less hours, leaving more time for leisure.
I do wonder if that is everybody’s idea of a dream life.
“Happy people are ones that prioritize time, focusing on their signature strengths — those kinds of things you love in the world. They’re the things that give you flow, that you love so much that you’re really present in the moment.”
– Dr. Laurie Santos, Yale University
“Flow” has been widely studied. Think athletes performing at their peak, artists at their most creative, or the software programmer perfecting a code. It’s being in the zone.
If nature wanted all of us to while away our time, it would have made us all cows.
There are hardworking bees. And people who would rather be in the zone than being zoned out.
I attempted 🙂 to read Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and was impressed by the detailed description of the character’s life with the peasants. It seemed so routine, the simple hardworking life, but he (the author apparently too) seemed to enjoy it, a state of “flow.”
Admirable, but the agrarian life is also not for everyone.
What I believe is that there are different sources of “flow” for different people. And one can have several. The start-up genius who runs marathons, the doctor who plays the saxophone, the mother who is a wedding photographer, the researcher who is a blogger. Maybe the more sources of flow, the better.