As I prepared for our hike up to Stevens Lake, Barbie was packed to be a part of our journey. The plan was for April and I to document things along the trail with the help of our Barbie Dolls.
So, along with healthy snacks, kleenix, lipbalm, water bottle, and cell phone to use as a camera, Barbie got put in my backpack as well to come along on the hike.
After huffing and puffing up the trail for a while, and plodding along the trail, we came to the realization that our Barbies were not getting the full benefit of this adventure. So April got her Barbie out of the backpack, and I got my Barbie our of my backpack, and our whole experience was transformed. Suddenly we were "in flow".
If you are not familiar with this term, here is a short explaination:
Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, this positive psychology concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields.
According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task although flow is also described (below) as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one's emotions.
Our Barbies helped us experience flow.
"Ooo, nature can be so pretty and mysterious."
a slope formed by an accumulation of rock debris, as at the base of a cliff.
Barbie really wanted to go fly fishing, but we forgot her pole.
Here is Barbie Moore, at the end of the trail.
April and I agreed. Bringing our Barbies along definitely made the experience much more enjoyable.
We look forward to having more adventures with our Barbies in the future.