Habits, what are they? Nuns wear them, druggies succumb to them... What do you think of when you hear that word? Is a habit a flaw, a weakness, a foible? Or is it merely a quirk in our personal nature?
But it's true that there are many bad habits that we pick up along the way. Isn't it curious how something completely innocuous can turn on you in an instant? And it's usually the seemingly unimportant things that turn into bad habits for me. Nothing like smoking (which is not only unhealthy, but also stinky). But the little things that creep up on you. Like driving a little too fast, or drinking enough caffeine to keep the whole neighborhood abuzz. Or even something as simple as grooming. I once had made such a habit of my nightly make-up removal routine that I nearly had a melt-down when one of my preferred cleansing products was discontinued.
My most recent priority in regard to habit-breaking involves the aforementioned frenetic housework. Why is it such a struggle for me to keep the house orderly? I used to be able to claim a neat and tidy house. I was well-trained by my neat and tidy mom. But somewhere along the way, that habit was lost and replaced by the sleep-til-the-last-minute-and-rush-out-the-door-with-the-beds-unmade habit. I gotta break that!
So, that is my goal. I'm going to break one habit, and (hopefully) in the process I will create another, more positive habit. Habits are not something I usually go looking to create, and that's what will make this an interesting experiment. Let's just hope that by next week I have a clean house, but without my manifesting any debilitating Clorox habits!