Sunday, September 06, 2015

Change your routine: Day 4: Mindfulness Challenge

Day 4: CHANGE YOUR ROUTINE


Robert Frost said it so much better: 

Two roads diverged in a wood and I, 
I took the one less travelled by, 
And that has made all the difference.

There's a great courage in those lines. It takes a great deal of courage to do something different, to stray away from our comfort zone, and seek out something new. Few of us are willing to take the risk though.

But I'm not blaming you. I'm like that too. There is a certain amount of ease that comes of years of doing some things in a certain way. Why rock the boat unnecessarily?

Brushing one's teeth with one's non-dominant hand is known to set certain synapses in the brain working harder. But who's got the energy for the extra time that might take? Mondays are manic enough without us trying to toughen things for ourselves. 

But what do we get out of it? 

Nothing. Life falls into a predictable rut, in which every single day is exactly like the many others that have preceded it, and like the many others likely to follow. It is the surefire way of killing our creativity, and leaving us wallowing in a morass of boredom and frustration.

Those who try to buzz up their routines are always rewarded. 
By the series of newer experiences that they might have 
By the new learnings that they might receive.
By the new friends and interactions that may come their way. 
By newer ideas that might storm their minds.

It is the misfits, the round pegs in square holes, and the square pegs in round holes, that push the borders of all that we know. And lead us beyond frontiers.

What is the alternative?
If you do what you have always done, you'll get the results that you've always got.

So what would you choose?


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