Good Habits

(No, not THAT religious kind…)

Reverendmother says:
As many of you know, I have been experimenting with some severely curtailed Internet usage. I realized that I had gotten into some bad habits, which got me thinking about habits in general. I understand that a habits/random facts meme has already been going around. In the hopes that it hasn’t hit too many of us yet, be as lighthearted or as serious as you’d like with the following:

1. Have you ever successfully quit a bad habit, or gotten a good habit established? Tell us about how you did it.

YOU GOTTA LOVE FLYLADY!!!It really DOES take only fifteen minutes plus an hour of weekly cleaning to keep things at a sane level. I don’t live in House Beautiful but I am usually not embarrassed if people drop in mid-project. And if they do, I don’t run around apologizing and frantically picking up. We go sit where it isn’t as chaotic. I love and live with them in the present moment. I stopped trying to have a perfect house with perfect housekeeping. Instead, I keep things reasonably straightened up, and in the process, I’m teaching some good habits to my kids.

2. “If only there were a 12-step program for _________________!”

Nailbiting. sigh. I’ve tried it all. “Carrots” for when I don’t. Guilt trips (my parents were great on those.) Hypnosis. Painting yucky stuff on my nails. Tabasco sauce. Rubbing in lotion. Snapping a rubber band on my wrist. I even had someone pray that I would have “deliverance” from it. Fuggedaboudit.

3. Share one of your healthy “obsessions” with us.

Giving my kids a hug, a kiss and an “I love you” in their ear before they go catch the bus in the morning. No, they don’t “need” me to get up and be around before they leave for school. It’s a small thing. It’s grounding. It’s presence. It’s love.

4. Share the habit of a spouse, friend or loved one that drives you C-R-A-Z-Y.

UNFINISHED PROJECTS. There’s four I can think of on my mental list, and that’s just in our bedroom… sigh…

5. “I’d love to get into the habit of ___________________.”

More regular walking. I was doing fairly well until pollen season hit.

Bonus: What is one small action you might take immediately to make #5 a reality?

Just do it. With my Bearded Beloved Spouse.

Bonus 2: Try it, and let us know how it goes in a future post!

OK… you get a “definite maybe.”


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