This week’s topic at Better Endings is HABITS. Let’s start with a definition:
noun: habit; plural noun: habits
a settled or regular tendency or practice, esp. one that is hard to give up.
“this can develop into a bad habit”
|synonyms:||custom, practice, routine, wont, pattern, convention, way, norm, tradition, matter of course, rule, usage More”it was his habit to go for a run every morning”mannerism, way, quirk, foible, trick, trait, idiosyncrasy, peculiarity, singularity, oddity, eccentricity, feature;
tendency, propensity, inclination, bent, proclivity, disposition, predisposition
“her many irritating habits”
Of themselves, habits are neither good nor bad, right nor wrong. They are simply HABITS… physical, emotional, mental or spiritual GROOVES, schemas, mindsets, routines, or patterns. Walking is a good habit, as is talking, or driving safely; these are habituated, unconsciously organized motor and cognitive skills that we learn from others who serve as role models. Other habits, like over-eating habits, daily coffee or sweets, or especially the habitual use of addictive substances such as alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, begin as choices sometimes also learned from role models. These may become harmful to our health and they are difficult habits to change, although it may be advantageous for us to do so.
So, what are Better Endings about in relation to personal habits? Can we create a habit of manifesting Better Endings? What would such a ‘habit’ look like? That is the tack I would like for us to take this week as we explore this topic of HABIT. Some initial suggestions that come to mind in relation to how we might create a habit of Better Endings are: meditation/contemplation or prayer, positive affirmations, walking, brainstorming (divergent thinking ‘outside the box’), simple dieting, and smiling.
I invite your ideas, insights, and stories!