“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails.”
Habits enter our life for an indefinite period of time, directing our actions and soothing the mind. Yet daily routines become history as new habits unfold into our daily rhythm.
Over the years I’ve become particularly, yet vaguely, aware of my routine habits – noticing saturation in one habit, whether dietary, physical or mental, and then realizing it had ceased, overtaken by the next enthrallment.
My Wavering Writing Routine
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep &
permanent, in the ideas of living.”
~ Miriam Beard
You may notice a break in my post schedule starting about a month ago. I have moved across the country into a new environment and then travelled overseas for a few weeks (I’m still bouncing around and will be travelling, and moving, overseas in the coming weeks). With the upheaval of place, many things changed and I found it harder to stick to my posting schedule. I would still write, but lacked the follow through to complete the posting process and then slowly, my writing also dwindled.
Aware of this, I didn’t like what was happening and missed writing – blending ideas with words to elevate life. Writing is something I enjoy, but each day’s hours began divvying up without time for eyes on the screen and fingers tapping to produce meaning.
What was a daily practice started to waver. Circumstances did not always favor or permit me to sit with a computer in the past few weeks, but also my lifestyle had changed and evolved through numerous habitats. Nevertheless, writing is a routine that will (I hope) be everlasting.
The Power of Place
As we move from place to place, we must adapt and create new routines that match our values and goals to keep us physically and mentally healthy. Exercise, nutrition, social events, work, etc., all must adapt.
When breaking away from what you know scares you, it’s an opportunity for growth. All too easily, we relapse into the comfort of the familiar, where our habits are routine rituals supported by our environment. Especially in youth, it’s important to free oneself from habitats that support stagnation.
When we move, we evolve, we adapt, we grow and we try new things. In the end, we’re left with a lot of good experiences (hopefully more than the bad) and have tried many new things. Returning home may then feel foreign, and your habitual routines that once filled your life and made you feel comfortable and complete are lost, without meaning.
The Powerful Reality of Routine
“An individual’s self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.”
~ Dr. Joyce Brothers
Moving and traveling result in big shifts in routine, but even in every day life – in the comfortable, familiar reality we call home – there are little shifts in our habits and routines that fluctuate throughout the years.
To be one’s strongest self, comfortable in any situation as an individual and to make the most of every day, one must put their mind to their mind – to think, reflect and contemplate life within their head.
Making sense of the world is not easy, and all the pieces will never fall into place, but this everlasting endeavor of enlightened truth leads to recognition and then understanding of self that frees you into the good life.
One powerful way to reach new heights of fortitude and experience in life is to begin recognizing your routines and habits – in everyday life, the little things, the big things, all things.
By thinking about the reality of our routines we capture the power to evolve, adapt and understand our place, role and function within the world.
What are you doing? What were you doing a month, two months or half a year ago? How has your life evolved? What did you used to do that you would hate to do now, or what did you used to do that you would love to do again?
These questions are just to get you thinking. What else comes to mind, and what types of habits are new, old, or changing that you recognize in your life? Where’s your time going and why is it?