Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
First forget about inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Octavia Butler
It’s easy to let our good habits slip at times like these. It’s easy to let them slip at any time and any excuse will do if we want an excuse. There will always be something that comes up so we don’t do what we said we would do.
It is easy to not edit, write, or do what is to be done by looking at statistics for what is going on. When this is over there will be something else calling us. If we say we want to write, paint, sing, dance, create a business, cook dinner, or clean the house we have to actually do it.
Many of us have been saying we’d get to it when… Now is when, and we know it wasn’t enough time we were waiting for because we still don’t want to do it. We didn’t want to do it then and we don’t want to do it now.
We’ve done it in many areas of our lives. We would love to save and invest but now isn’t the right time. How many “now isn’t the right time” things do we have in our life? At some point, we have to look ourselves in the mirror and say “I don’t want to do it.” If it’s something we haven’t done and we are alive and our life works maybe it doesn’t really need to be done. If our life isn’t working, that’s another story.
Only we can determine if our life is working at a level we are happy with. Is there something we really want to do that we haven’t done yet? Or is there something we say we want to do because it sounds good to have something to say when everyone else is saying what they want to do with their lives. Maybe we are really happy with our lives. Isn’t that great?
Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity. James Clear
Maybe we want less in our lives, not more? What if we’ve been too busy doing this and that? So busy we don’t have time to stop and smell the roses. What if it’s a manure pile we smell that we’ve gotten so used to we don’t recognize what it is and do something about it. We have to recognize what we have in our life. All manure piles are not negative, manure can be composted down to enrich our soil. We may be able to do the same with the figurative ones in our lives. Are we comfortable with who we are, what we’ve done, what we’ve built, our relationships, and how we spend our time?
Life is never secure for any of us. We just don’t acknowledge it most of the time and feel we can take for granted putting things off until tomorrow, and tomorrow, and the tomorrow after that.
Many of us have a moment in time now when our lives are on pause and our senses are heightened. Most months fly by, but aren’t we aware of every day in March except for the first few? “When this is over,” isn’t that what we are all thinking?
What changes will we make? What things will we no longer take for granted? What will we be more grateful for?
If I must be a slave to habit let me be a slave to good habits. Og Mandino
Follow the three R’s respect for self, respect for others, and responsibility for all your actions. Buddha
Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours. Dave Willis
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