Confirming When You Are In The Flow

John Rattenbury in front of zoo he master planned

One of the perplexing aspects about today’s information overload is that it is easy to get sidetracked and sucked into the endless political, economic and social debates at the macro level while missing the validating signs of your own micro journey.

There are the little signs and synchronicities that confirm to us that our own personal journeys are on course.  Sometimes they are so small that they are easily over looked. For example on my most recent trip I wanted to get the details on the latest world series game and sitting down at an airport fast food outlet someone had conveniently left the sports page of USA Today.  I needed to buy a certain branded supplement and at the Whole Foods market and  found the last one in stock. I needed to buy a tennis racket to leave at my mother’s  elder care apartment , and the fellow I was hitting balls with suggested Sports Authority. Upon entering the store the exact racket I was looking for and it  had been reduced from $239 to $69. None of these kinds of things seem to amount to much, but if you become aware of them as they are happening and realize that in the aggregate they are conveniences that seem to fall into place you can begin to identify with the idea  of being in the flow.

Continuing on with this journey I had the wonderful experience of visiting John Rattenbury, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentices. John has lived at Taliesin West, the winter home of Wright and the Fellowship in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has lived there  for over fifty years. It is always a treat to visit someone who has had such a rich life. Among the numerous accomplishments of John’s was  the master plan design for the Phoenix zoo.  John told me that that his idea was to make it interesting for animals to look at people as opposed to making it convenient for people to view animals. This resulted in giving  such powerful creatures as tigers and lions large open spaces separated from the viewers by deep moat like barriers. The Cheetahs were separated by a wide water way. Cheetahs do not like water.  These magnificent animals seemed to have a  much more hospitable and interesting environment than one might find in more conventional zoos.

Tiger at home in the Phoenix zoo

As I was leaving Taliesin John walked me to my rental car to bid me farewell and laughed because my license tag said, BG 2.  His lady friend’s name is BG. It felt like the universe had just winked.  I was still in the flow.

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  1. Tandarts says:

    Hmmm thanks for yet another nice and interesting post. Where do you receive your inspiration for all this :| ? – Tandarts

  2. Very useful and interesting information.Thanks for sharing

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