Flo is the experience of time compression. A day spent walking in the woods will pass more quickly and easily then one spent sitting on the living room couch. A phone conversation with an old friend may seem like just a couple of minutes when its actually been an hour. This is Flo. A long bus ride without a good book or conversation will usually prove to have a lack of Flo.
Ah, Flo. Speaking of athletes. There has been no other group in our world that has garnered more recognition concerning this aspect of LeToonz. For the world of sports or any artist by reasonable extension, Flo is short for “being in the zone”. It is a term that inspired the content for an entire book by a famous University of Chicago professor. Many of us can relate to Flo in terms of “time flying.” Or the common idiom “Time flies when you’re having fun.”
Good movies will Flo. If it doesn’t it doesn’t make money. Moviemakers are very conscious of this. Our experience in a mall, especially with children, needs to Flo otherwise it starts to fell like a very, very long time. Developers know this and have made a concerted effort to make us feel more FLO while we shop so we will spend more time and money. Have you noticed that shopping malls have become huge entertainment Flo centers with movie theatres, demonstrations events and every kind of fast food under the sun? Its all been designed to increase the amount of Flo you experience and decrease you desire to go home or shop somewhere else. Designing for Flo has become an unconscious theme in the design of everything people interact with today – from buildings plans to vending machines, to video games to dentist’s offices. They are all designed to increase Flo because Flo is frictionless, and being in Flo compresses our sense of time.
The most important thing about Flo is that it can occur with and without insight or Ah-Ha’s. Couch Potatoes enjoy watching a lot of TV but are they experiencing any new learning or having Ah-ha’s? So obviously it is where we have Flo and Ah-Ha that we need to find. Where we have Flo without Ah-Ha’s is sure to be an environment or experience that will lead to a bad taste in the mouth over time if not immediately. The whole concept behind entertainment is moving towards creating a Flo experience that takes our minds out of the equation for a while. That deliberately stops the Asking Ourselves or the non-purposeful Ah-Ha’s of our daily lives from happening.
We can LetGo and Flo. We can experience Flo while we focus and concentrate on a thing while Asking Ourselves, and we certainly know about the Flo that is conjoined with DoingIt. Beware of the Flo without Ah-Ha’s for that is the insidious climate of life we are living.
We all seek to be in Flo in life more often that not. What we need to do is to be in Flo. Or have Flo experiences that are occurring while in pursuit of our gifts, innate dispositions, nature and SELF. Any other kind of Flo is maladaptive and there is plenty of that to be found, way too much.