Today’s task – reflect on that which you do daily. Refine as required.
magna est vis consuetudris – great is the power of habit (hey – it’s in Latin, it must be profound)
Not the only lense you can look at life through – you can’t knock off your car’s M.O.T bit by bit everyday – but a very helpful one.
Jesus had habits, “as was his custom…“. Soldiers, athletes and farmers are people of habits.
Here’s the list I’ve played with the last few months – up by my bed, and inside my diary – handpicked horrendous graphics for good measure:
Tried to go for concrete doable actions rather than general themes e.g. eat five pieces of fruit per day instead of ‘eat healthy’. Could tighten up on this.
Some I’d do anyway, some I’d do but helpful to have a positive push e.g. length of sleep. Some currently subsumed by a higher goal – not working out daily but training for a long distance run.
More info on Bible In One Year here – I’m a fan. Info on duolingo here – a language learning game that keeps my brain cells and Spanish ticking over.
Light the candle = pray. Have found it helpful to have a concrete action that then compels me to engage. If I go to the trouble of lighting a candle, I’ll tend to pray for at least a few minutes.
The magic has happened for me on the two that touch others. Connect – have a meaningful interaction with someone everyday e.g. write a lengthyish email, go for a drink. Publish – this blog is a fruit of this. So helpful for me to move the question from “Will I blog today?” to “What will I blog today?”
Could I do JAD everyday? Send a postcard? Prayer ministry? All sorts of possibilities.
Probably hit 8 or 9 on an average day. My daughter likes to keep me accountable. “7 out of 12, that’s not very good daddy.” No nimzo, but it’s better than it would have been without an aim and a plan.
Seasons of life when this kind of thing feels impossible. If you’ve got two kids under two, well congratulations on reading this far… having said that, my experience is that this kind of practice can provide a helpful anchor in crisis / survival times.
Not perfect, but helpful to think through.
Day 101 – where do you need to adjust?