Flywheel Rebooting

Day 86 Week 13 Q1  Monday, March 27, 2023

We get bumped from our routines and schedules periodically because the notion of a linear life is false. If life or a  flywheel you have been hanged in has been spinning with enough momentum to keep going unattended, you can drop out and drop back in. When a flywheel or a habit is not yet very mature, it needs more directed energy to reboot. Some groups have gathered for so long that people start to die or lack the energy to continue. Neither we, nor groups, nor flywheels last forever. This is fine and the way it has to be. If nothing died or ended, there would be no room for the new. 

There are lives, groups and flywheels that are doing good work and deserve to persist for a while longer, and it is to these we are addressing the notion of rebooting here and now. The nonlinear chaotic nature of reality is what permits rebooting, just as a defibrillator can apply a shock to a heart that has either stopped or is beating irregularly. The system resets itself. If linearity were required all of the time, this restart or reboot would not be possible. Linearity is not only the nature of things but a survival trait. It is, in fact, related to why fractals can be used to describe many situations occurring in nature effectively.  But you can look that one up yourself or ask a Chat Bot.

Fortunately, we can resort to a restart because everything around us is designed for it. It is one of the reasons I prefer playing jazz and other improvisational music forms. I have not been willing to spend the time to perfect slices of linearity as they do not permit me to be in the present moment. Or perhaps it is simply being lazy, but if anyone thinks that Bach wrote out every note he played for his weekly gig at the church, they are mistaken. Like a Grateful Dead concert or a musician playing at a farmers market, the minority of the material is NOT written out. 

Perhaps a more succinct way of stating this is we are improvising all of the time because life is throwing things at us at a greater rate than we have time to prepare for by preprogramming our behavior. This is why I am not worried about robots replacing us, exempt from the tasks humans should not be made to do anyway. 

Flywheels nicely fall into this category; they do not have planned programs when they get together, they organically address what the group wants to address, and when they temporarily stop or fail permanently, all is well. But if you are engaged in something you do not want to stop, it makes sense to continue and reboot it! We do it when driving all of the time. We step on the brake and stop, and the flywheel becomes automatically unengaged and then re-engaged when we start up. Most people no longer have to take cars out of and back into gear by driving a stick. I still like to know what gear I am in, if any. Perhaps this is why I often get the job of rebooting the flywheel,