Archive → May, 2010
Earl Nightingale said, “We are all creatures of habit. We can do most things without even thinking about them; our bodies take charge and do them for us.” I agree!
Perhaps my most obvious habit occurs five days a week on my daily drive to work. My course is routine and safe, but as our friend Earl Nightingale pointed out, it’s also mindless. No planning or other form of thought is really necessary. Though I’ve driven the same route to work for the last three years, I have recently come to realize there must be a dozen different ways to reach my destination. While none are likely to be quicker, most are likely to be more scenic. Why not vary my daily routine, arming myself with the only requirement necessary – a few spare minutes? Who knows, maybe I’ll spot a new house under construction, or discover puppies frolicking in a dog park. Maybe I’ll find an autumn grove of trees that varies its colors and shades and hues daily like a chameleon would in a paint factory. Or maybe I’ll see the same old buildings and houses I currently see every day, but this time from an entirely different perspective!
Of course, we never start out believing we will fall into a spiceless routine. John Lennon sang eloquently about it in 1980: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” When we begin a new endeavor, opportunities are endless and everything is fresh…colorful…different! Quickly, time passes and what was once vibrant presently becomes old…mundane…expected. Surely our same old, same old path to work could never extend to other parts of our lives, could it?