Getting Into The Zone

I have often wondered and theorized different ways we can try and place ourselves in that certain “zone” where tasks are accomplished in the most meaningful way for us.  The things that seem to help are mainly skill-level related.  To illustrate, imagine doing something that required complete absorption into the activity at hand.  This can be anything from doing desk-work to traveling to an entirely new destination.  I believe for any beneficial production to occur, your activity should be totally achievable in the first place (well-suited to your skill level, whether it means learning some new things or putting to use what you already know).  Sometimes I believe the best way to achieve something of value is by truly focusing on the task at hand, yet every now and then taking a break in which you perform another activity that doesn’t require as much skill.  That way, you might come up with a new, outstanding idea out of the blue that’ll help for the main task.  I suppose this is the case for most people, but of course each person’s views of the matter will vary.

One of My Hobbies

Even though I have several hobbies, in this entry I will only be discussing one of them.  This hobby is the collection of figurines from various places.  I would say I was the most enthusiastic about this when I was in my teens, during which I would refer to the figurines as “priceless commodities”.  I’m not quite sure when exactly the particular hobby began, maybe when I was in about second grade.  The shape, color, size, weight, and brand of the figurines has constantly changed through the travels.  I’ve always liked those figurines that are representations of young lovers, or children playing together.  Sometimes the representations are actually of animals, and when they are, most of them have humorous and exaggerated characteristics.  Some figurines have been of actual larger statues, and these tend to reflect in astounding detail the minute features of the larger objects.  The places that I acquire the figurines from are usually interesting in and of themselves.  I don’t intend to stop this hobby anytime soon.  Every figurine has a story that deserves to be shared.

Hooray for Ecotourism

I’m impressed with the benefits of ecotours.  These relatively new forms of tourism are managed in order to promote sustainable and scenic views of landscapes or natural climates.  I wonder if any of the tours I’ve been on are actually considered “ecotours”.  Now that I consider it, I’m pretty sure at least some have the characteristics of environmentally friendly ecotours.  Those that are currently being promoted elsewhere include the purpose of minimizing impact to the environment while also providing a unique and memorable experience for visitors.  It would be rather interesting to actually try living in such a way as to mimic the intentions of ecotourism.  Lately I’ve been trying to focus on ways I can help protect the idyllic diversity around me.  The other benefits of ecotourism include providing educational opportunities for those on the tour, and possibly even job opportunities for those working in the industry.