There are things known
And things unknown
And in between are the doors. -Jim Morrison
It’s been a crazy week. Big surprise in the life of a mom. I’m still trying to catch up to daily life. That’s why this week my Thursday Door is on a Friday (to be fair Norm 2.0’s challenge is open until Saturday at noon. You can pop over and click the blue link to see lots of other amazing doors.) And who my quote is attributed to is in question. Did Jim Morrison say it, did Ray Manzarek (also of The Doors) say it, was it written by a publicist, was it influenced by William Blake or Aldous Huxley?!
So many questions.
I always have a lot of questions. I’m extremely curious by nature. If I’m interested in a topic, I will check out every book that I can at the library on the subject. With so much information at my fingertips through my computer, I can delve deeply into a subject. And that is where I have been.
Let me back up a little. Last week so many exciting things happened. We needed a four-wheel drive before winter and I finally found the jeep that I’d been wanting. The next day the oldest started his first job. And the day after that my middle child had his birthday. School started this Wednesday, so a lot of last week after that was rushing around finishing school supplies, getting haircuts, etc. My daughter had a local soccer tournament over the weekend. We got there bright and early for day 2 of games and I checked my emails. And there was the one I’d been waiting to see.
My DNA test was finished.
My husband and I had both taken the DNA test through Ancestry.com because we were curious about our ethnicity. I wasn’t overly surprised by my results because my mother had already taken the test. I found out that my estimates are 79% Great Britain (I found it interesting that a typical native there has an estimate of 60%), 10% Ireland, 5% Scandinavia and there were some remaining trace regions.
What I didn’t expect to find so fascinating was that I shared DNA with 430 4th cousin or closer relatives who have also taken the DNA test. I started looking through them to figure out how we are related. I have always been a math and science girl and didn’t really care for history and geography, so it came as a big surprise to me that I have found myself completely taken with the investigation process.
Not long ago I
skimmed read a book by Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi called Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Being “in flow” or “in the zone” is explained as a 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. The concept is about being fully immersed in what you are doing. A state of complete absorption. That is what this research has been like for me. I still haven’t connected many dots, but each day I find something new and exciting.
What about you? Have you ever been completely engrossed in a project? Or ended up fascinated by something that you thought you didn’t care about at all?
Let your light shine!