Lost In It

Daily Prompt The Zone Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

I have a hard time equating running with folding laundry or any of the other chores mentioned.

The goal of folding laundry is to finish it and put it away. I know people who ONLY empty their dryers when they need to use them again. Sometimes (rarely) that’s me. There’s no being “at one” with the process of folding clothes. There’s only getting it over with.

Running is very different. Running, I was outdoors and (most often) on a red dirt trail in the chaparral with a dog. I was surrounded by fragrant chaparral plants, each competing intensely for water and pollinators so they worked very hard to get attention. I had to watch out for stones, roots and rattlesnakes in the trail. The goal was not to fall so I could keep moving. This means that the “zone,” while running, was a heightened state of attention very far from getting lost in anything (especially the wilderness).

Folding laundry the “zone” is the opposite from what it is when you’re running. Anyone who is really aware while they’re folding laundry will wonder why they spend so much time with rectangular bits of cloth organizing them into smaller rectangles so they can place them carefully into rectangular devices until they’re needed and the whole thing starts again. Anyone who really thinks about folding clothes will realize it’s kind of silly.

As for chopping vegetables? Well…getting lost in that activity could lead to the end of a person’s career as a pianist.


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