Your problem is not that your are incapable but that you are lazy.*
Following a flow experience, the organisation of the self is more complex than it had been before. It is by becoming increasingly complex that the self might be said to grow.**
We can be tempted by many things that promise much more than they can deliver, less than what it is we most want to do.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s claims flow frees us from ‘both selfishness and conformity,’** which are our greatest temptations: to get an advantage or to fit in.
Eugene Peterson identifies what it is that falls between the extremes of temptation:
‘We complete our personality only as we fall into place and service in the vital movement of the society in which we live.’*
It is the important thing you must do, for which there are no short cuts, easy ways or glitzy rewards:
‘Where your pain is, there is your life, you might say.’^
(*From Eugene Peterson’s Run With the Horses.)
(**From Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow.)
(^Joseph Campbell from Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’ The Power of Myth.)