Going with the flow. Seems like an expression derived straight from the life of a fish. It’s an evolutionary process that humans have in common with many social animals. Go with the pack and you have the best chances of survival. Good for life in the dark ages, but bad for personal development in the 21st century.
As for the fish, it seems logical that they do not notice the water. Destined to become aware of it only when a fisherman catches it and lifts it out into the air, removing the environment that the fish thought took for granted. And when the fish is released back into the water, it embraces the water, notices it. That would be the case, if the fish could think or its memory would last for more than 5 seconds.
Do you notice the water you are in? The flow of your everyday life.
Personally, I became aware of it sometime in the last summer. I was walking down the beach with my earphones on. The kind which cut you out of the outside noise completely. There were plenty of people, the day was warm. I walked through the small crowd and in the silence, everybody seemed to lack a purpose in their actions. Moving by me just for the sake of going and because they are used to walk those roads, when the day is warm. I washed through the people and started to think that what is my purpose there. What could be the purpose of others, as if there is a lack of purpose, then it seemed a waste of potential.
As the fish was denied oxygen, I cut off the sound of the world. Something unusual and interesting that created new thoughts and ways of thought. As always, routine holds back innovation.
Inspired by my new perceptions of the world, I wrote my fist poem that day(kindergarten doesn’t count). Just writing down unfiltered thought that rose into my mind:
I like to think.
about things, that otherwise would slip
Only this separates
a man from beast –
the ability to think.
Why have many forgotten it?
What is your purpose,
your motive, why
you do the things you do?
Routine should not be
the answer to your life.
People, you do not think
as you believe you do.
No given moment, action
or your whole life is
for letting it
slip by thoughtlessly
like an ant or a bear.
Better remind yourself, what makes
you tick, what gives you meaning and soul.
If there is something
stuck inside you, then find out what
and how to set it free.
Create something with your life.
The times, when the sole goal
was to stay alive and breed
are over, because
the power of thought is so immense.
And it must be
In short, notice the beautiful surroundings, notice other people, notice your own actions. Give thought to what you are doing and why.
Noticing others helps you in the social world, too. Keening your eye on noticing details about others is an amusing exercise. Ever wonder how Hercule Poirot became so good at being the worlds best detective? He had to start somewhere. I started by trying to notice the eye color of the persons I talk to. Trying to notice unusual ticks in body language is also the way to become a good at telling when others are bluffing.
A good place to begin is to start making a list of “Top 3 interesting things I noticed today”. Guaranteed self improvement.