How many ways can you brush your teeth?
Our habits save time, and some of the good ones, such as abstinence, can also save our lives. A fine line separates useful habits from ruts; however, the former, we wish to cultivate, and the latter, we’d just as soon avoid.
How about trying a new route to work? It might take a little longer, but you’d also have different scenery to view. How about doing some relaxing, stretching, unwinding exercises before dinner? Introducing novelty into the details of our existence makes us aware that today is a new day and that we can alter our responses.
Habits are our servants, not our masters. When we see how easy it is to change the color of our toothbrush and start with the bottom teeth instead of the top, we can branch out to other, more significant activities. We can make changes in our behavior that will change our lives in positive ways.
What would you like to do differently today? What specific action can you take to begin to climb out of an uncomfortable rut?
I will identify an unproductive habit today and turn it upside down.
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Inner Harvest by Elisabeth L.
Inner Harvest by Elisabeth L. Copyright 1990 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of Hazelden.