The Power Of Habit

Blog 1208 – 12-17-2018

The Power Of Habit

Some people may marvel and wonder where I find the time to write a blog every day, post a Mockingbird song, and write a poem or six every morning. “Don’t you ever sleep crazy Dave? You must be tired or retired. You are certainly young enough.” I do get up early, most days at three o’clock, where ever I am. But, I work a day job, eleven hours most day and still find time to do, like most of us, what I love doing, what has become habit for me.

That, my friends, is the secret to getting to do anything you really want to do in life, make it a habit and then it is not a chore but something you just do without having to decide if you are going to do it or not. They say it takes something like twenty-nine days to create a habit. That is not very long. Want to lose a little weight and feel better? Walk thirty minutes every day for twenty nine days in a row and let it become a habit that you do for yourself, for your health, for your well being. You will find as you walk that you start to feel better, think more clearly, and come up with a lot of ideas on how to make your life better not just for yourself but for others as well. The best you that you can be is your gift to yourself, to others, and to the world.

Want to break what you think is a bad habit? The best way to do that is to replace it with a new one. Love having a cigarette with your morning coffee but want to quit one or the other or both? Replace them with something else. It does not really matter what, if you make it a habit, twenty-nine days later, that will be your new norm and you will enjoy it just as much. You can do anything you want to do. The secret to making that real in your life is to chose your habits and not let them choose you. Who is in charge of you anyway? Is it friends, family, loved ones, those thought to be enemies, habits that you do not even recall how they became such a big part of your life?

January 1st is just around the corner, a time when many people make New Year’s resolutions to do this or to do that or to stop doing this or to stop doing that. Try an experiment with me, if you will, in addition to your New Year’s resolutions make just one intention and take just one small step in that direction by starting a new habit to replace an old one or just to take a new direction in your life. To make it easy to remember how long to stay at it remember that intention first thing of the morning and execute that step and any others that seem in the right direction for one month, come February first let’s see if we made any progress toward making that intention a reality in our life and also at that time reevaluate our new habit and see if it is one worthy of us continuing. Habits are most often neither good nor bad just things we do over and over because we have made a habit of doing them and think we cannot quit. Who is ultimately responsible for where we are in life. Yep, you guessed it. The answer to that question no matter how hard we try to blame it on somebody else is,

“Little ole me.”

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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