noun: a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program

We humans live life by a set of routines. Sometimes positive habits, other times negative addictions. But whether it’s rolling out of the left side of the bed and stumbling to the shower, washing our selves with soap in the right hand, or escaping off the foot of the bed and tripping down the hall to push GO on the coffee machine, each of us has routines we enact daily. I drive to work via the same route. And get home around the same time each day. I eat around the same time, go to bed around the same time…for better or worse I have fallen into my own routines.

These chain of actions make me feel safe. They create a sense of well being over my environment and they allow me to think that I have some sense of control over my life. But, truth be told, I know it’s a sham. I’m not really safe from anything, nor do I have any control.  And honestly routines can get boring. Have you seen “Groundhog Day”?

So…I think it’s time to shake things up a bit. Do life a bit differently. After all, everything around me is changing. The country is changing, my little town is changing, my household is changing. Actually, it is difficult to have a fixed program amongst all this transformation. “Life” itself means “…continual change”, so what the hey? Maybe it’s time to be uncomfortable, shake up the routine, take some risks, see things with fresh new eyes. Routines be damned! I’m not sure what’s next, but I do know I kind of like that about myself.

“You have to be displaced from what’s comfortable and routine, and then you get to see things with fresh eyes, with new eyes.”

Amy Tan

2 replies »

  1. I wish you lived closer and we could have coffee once a week, or so, and you could keep me grounded in “safe” and “comfort”. Because you are so-o-o right! I’m trying to let go of my obsessive tendencies…thanks for the support 🙂


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