For our lives to feel important we need to have a number of goals that are significant to us and to be striving toward at least one of them all the time. Our lives are complex and there are many goals among which we must divide our attention, time, and energy. Sometimes the goal is helping another person with a simple need, and sometimes it is committing ourselves to save the entire natural living Earth, and sometimes our goal must be to get some sleep. We do all of these things by setting priorities for ourselves and working as best we can to satisfy each of them at a proper time.
3. —creating open-ended attractor goals, so you and I and all living beings can have meaningful lives within our personal worlds.
The idea of #3 is to have several goals that I am calling attractor goals which you swing between. Just having a single goal for your life will lead to stagnation because it will be endlessly swirling around the same old worrisome thing and that will soon get boring, unsatisfying, and depressing.
If you have a number of attractive goals to swing between, you can always be engaged and actively doing something a little different which feels meaningful to you. You probably will have some major life goals, but if they occupy all of your time and energy they will drag you down. You need to go home, visit your family, play with your dogs, examine some new stamps for your collection, check out the progress on your favorite TV show. The point is that to maintain a full life you need to swing between several unique activities, and some of them may be small, even trivial, but they should be included in your life in an intentional routine way so you can have a flow from one purpose to another.
The attractor idea is based on a mathematical concept called a strange attractor. In these systems, a point of interest is flowing from moving toward one attractor to another in an endless cycle. The reason the point never achieves its contact with a strange attractor is that the attractor is infinitely small, and the point of flowing interest is also infinitely small. But each of these things has inertia as well as attraction, such that when they come close to one another the inertia causes them to fly right on past that point and on toward another.
From site – https://clipground.com/attractor-clipart.html
Our goals are like strange attractors because they are ideas at a point which we seek to approach with our actions driven by our mind, but the mind and the goal are like energy seeking an infinitely small point. But as it gets very near the point, it swings on past and moves toward another attractor. All of this is an attempt to demonstrate why having several unique things which you routinely place your entire attention on keeps your life flowing from one meaningful thing to another meaningful thing.
You can intentionally create several of these attractors to be kind actions that you may perform in specific routine situations.