"Life is a fractal," I tell my brother. He's the world traveler who has observed Emperor Penguins waddling in Antarctica and been inside musty old tombs in the Pyramids of Egypt. When my brother visits me, I bring him to our local museum that has a nostalgic array of early pinball machines, or we hike on the Earthquake trail since we live right on a fault line.If it happens to be winter, we seek out the Monarch butterfly on its migratory path down south.
love the concept that you know you're at the right level when you're in flow. Also a good way to know if you're competing at the right level in the metagame.
This is a lovely piece of writing, Chao. I particularly enjoyed the loop back to “life is a fractal” at the end, and how that idea resonates throughout the piece.
Such a cool topic you're digging into here Chao, makes me want to tune more into the present and see where I need to do more zooming in or out. So awesome to see the evolution of this piece - I think I'm going to find myself dropping "life is a fractal" in conversation sometime soon.
Yes I too use the metaphor of the zoom in google maps as a way to get unstuck
From anything as routine as problem solving in day jobs which are for well defined problems to poorly defined problems such as how to live a good life
So proud of you for getting this one out!! I love how the seed of this idea you expressed has bloomed into this piece. There is a lot that resonates here, especially about the flow state and procrastination.
I might have to come back to this and reread it for the reminder to switch between the zooming in and out more.
Such wonderful advice! I tend to zoom too much in and need to practice zooming out...