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May 28, 2019 23:27:27

Flow and Wu wei: Remember your purpose and forget about it

by @chrisdeuda PATRON | 356 words | 🐣 | 131πŸ’Œ

Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­

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In a world of self-improvement space, there is always a part where you need to define your purpose. The reason why you are doing particular things. The purpose is really important so that you have the fuel when you experience the days when you don't feel like doing at all.

I'm writing about it 'cause I remember the term wu-wei that I've read a long time ago when I just starting out on programming. I guess it was part of Tao philosophy. 


Wu wei is a state in which one is relaxed, free yet focused. It is the antithesis of strife and struggle. We only struggle to do things when we are emotionally attached to the outcome. Wu wei is all about effort without attachment. 


At the start of my journey on coding, I don't have an external expectation on what should be the outcome. Just the pure joy of doing it. But when I've got more experienced. I start to set some expectations for myself that I should do this particular thing. Follow these principles and pattern. Those are a really great pattern but when the moments of actually doing it. It complicates the mind that eventually leads to procrastination.

As what I've learned on writing. Just simply write and you can always get back to it later to refine the rough edges.

When I've read about it it seems I start to like that philosophy 'cause there are thousands of times that I always catch myself getting attached to the outcome that is different on what I'm expecting.

It was somehow related to FLOW state when you are just going with the flow of doing it. You forget about yourself, your worries, your problem, your purpose and you get too absorbed in what you are doing.

Like this writing, I completely forgot why I even started writing. I just start writing. I've reached around 59 streaks and pause for a while. and now I'm reaching 30 again. 

I guess this was really helpful whenever you are experiencing resistance on starting whatever you are doing. Just simple do and remove all expectations about reaching perfections in your craft.

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    @chrisdeuda my favourite state to be in! If anything, I feel like all I'm seeking by being challenged in life and work is to feel wu wei. It's a drug.

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 29, 2019 22:03:42
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      @jasonleow when I remember wu-wei I realized it was somehow another term for the FLOW state from Chinese philosophy. Maybe there is more into it if we dig deeper

      Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | May 29, 2019 23:22:15
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    @chrisdeuda Welcome to #TeamStreak! Since I'm programming as my day to day job I exactly know what you mean with FLOW. I really like the state, but sometimes it's hard to achieve. :)

    Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | May 29, 2019 06:48:50
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      @phaidenbauer Thanks for the welcome :) When you are in office base work it's really hard to achieve it. Usually, if the problem that I'm solving is interesting, it was easy to enter into the FLOW. Ohh, combine it with good music. Plus if you are skills much with the current task it was easy to enter into the flow. As the philosophy of the wu-wei, no need to stress about entering in that zone. Just simply do :)

      Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | May 29, 2019 23:17:26
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    @chrisdeuda Congrats on joining #TeamStreak! And thank you for introducing me to the concept of wu wei. Sounds like a very useful attitude to life. :D

    Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | May 29, 2019 02:03:38
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    @chrisdeuda welcome to the #TeamStreak

    Knight avatar Knight | May 29, 2019 06:38:34
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    @chrisdeuda - Congratulations on joining #TeamStreak Chris. Your posts are always intriguing. Keep writing

    Keni avatar Keni | May 28, 2019 14:38:38
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      @keni Thanks! To join in #TeamStreak is one of my motivations to keep going after I broke my streak before :)

      Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | May 29, 2019 23:10:56
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    @chrisdeuda Welcome Chris #WEARETEAMSTREAK

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 28, 2019 12:46:01
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    @chrisdeuda Welcome back to the #teamstreak club!

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 28, 2019 16:56:32
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    @chrisdeuda enjoy your writing like a flowing water. Glad you are not only interested in wu wei (ζ— δΈΊ), part of ancient Chinese wisdom, but apply it in your work and get internal peace.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | May 28, 2019 23:55:10
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      @5plus6 Thanks. Zen and Taoism always fascinate me before when I'm reading about it in college and now I've been getting back to it a lot.

      Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | May 29, 2019 23:09:16
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    @chrisdeuda Ladies and Gentlemen of #Teamstreak....we have a NEW TEAM MEMBER!!!! What an excellent post to commemorate joining the team. I was not aware of the concept of Wu Wei, but now I am fascinated by it and want to learn more. As you have pointed out, you have reached streaks in the past but things are different now because you are part of something special. Welcome to the team!! We are #Teamstreak!!!
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