Surprised by Habits

I don’t know if any of you have ever had the opportunity to move to a place that’s an exact mirror image of your old place. Recently we moved from one side of our side-by-side duplex to the other, and did just that. It didn’t occur to me that it would be that different. But then I started just living my day-to-day life.

It’s weird! Everything is reverse. The fridge is at the wrong end of the counter, and so is the silverware. You face the “wrong” way in the shower (and I thought I had no sense of direction!). Plus, there’s all the times I went to the basement door, when I wanted to go upstairs, and opened the screen door to the other unit to go in, when I don’t live there anymore. Luckily the new tenants haven’t moved in yet.

I’ve written about this before and this has really been a reminder of just how many unconscious habits and patterns make up our daily lives. So, next time you wonder why you can’t change something through sheer willpower, look a little deeper and see if you can make all the associated habits and patterns conscious and start there. And what if you could use this power for good? Creating habits and patterns that bring happiness and peace to your life?

Now, anyone want to come help me unpack boxes?

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