Habit Forming

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

“The soul, like the body, accepts by practice whatever habit one wishes it to contact.” ~ Socrates

You’ve seen these right? I have a dozen more quotes like these tucked away in the circulatory system of my conscience. I have memorized the quotes, but then why aren’t the habits as familiar in my daily rhythms?

Why after 2 months of living in this new home – which by the way has a gym several floors below my apartment, have I only used only a handful of times? Why does the GF bag of chips go from the grocery shelf to my cart without a blink of an eye?

I don’t think I am lazy. Sometimes I procrastinate, but my motivations often match my actions to the best of my abilities. ( I can say that at my age without sounding pompous)

But then, getting back to the habit of spiritual disciplines, fitness and diet, why is it so difficult sometimes and other times not so difficult to do that which I want to do and not do what I don’t want to do?

We can go down the path of the fall of man, but today I think I will stick with what I can see before me: my calendar and to do list. They are too full. Appointment cancellations make me excited!

I am not sure if you are in the middle of your life like me, but my goal for today and tomorrow and the next is to do what my husband and I have tried to do by moving into the city- declutter, purge and simplify.

The happiness quotient just got simpler, but honestly it’s the hardest most important realization I can come to today. Live with less. Do less. Be content with less.

(The moment after I got on the elevator after my 4th time in my gym after 2 months. Pls notice the beads of sweat:-)

Until next time,

C

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