Saturday, February 16, 2013

Two quotes

We have all experienced times when, instead of being buffeted by anonymous forces, we do feel control of our actions, masters of our own fate. On the rare occasions that it happens, we feel a sense of exhilaration, a deep dense of enjoyment that is long cherished and that becomes a landmark in memory for what life should be like. This is what we mean by optimal experience. It is what the sailor holding the tight course feels when the wind whips through her hair, when the boat lunges through the waves like a colt - sails, hull, wind, and sea humming a harmony that vibrates in the sailor's veins.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

[He] has always been distinguished for his application in mathematics. He is fairly well acquainted with history and geography... This boy would make an excellent sailor.

Which boy was this?


Tillerman said...


JP said...


Tillerman said...

And I was interested to discover that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi used a sailing example. I had no idea when I wrote this post about Dirt, which of course is really about "flow."

JP said...

I remember that post now you mention it: I even commented on it, though for some reason Csikszentmihalyi's name didn't stick in my memory.

I think I'll take a nap now