Habit definition, an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary
When I started using a cell phone for texting, I did the “hunt and peck” method to write a text. Being a typist for many years that idea of “hunt and peck” a text went against everything I had learned in typing class. To hunt for letters when the cell phone had a perfectly good typing keyboard. (EXCEPT, the keys were too small for my fingers to easily fit the keys)
So the “hunt and peck” method was what I was forced to use.
Now my Daughter, lovingly, is trying to teach me to use an app where you slide your finger across the letters and it picks up my language and types a text. Much faster, I must agree when I see her finger flying across the keys, but for me not so fast! She promises that in time the text app will know what I want to say. I certainly hope so because right now my swiping method needs some polish. A new habit that requires me to put down the old method.
So how am I going to implement this new method of texting? Practice, practice, practice until it becomes almost involuntary. How long will that take me to make this new method a habit that replaces the hunt and peck method? It depends entirely on me as to how much time each day I practice.
Some new habits take lots of practice but there are other ways to develop new habits. Over the next couple of weeks, I intend to introduce you to several other methods that are equally effective.
Love and Harmony,
Laughter is the best Medicine. We have heard this term for years and yet we sometimes forget how very important it is for us to have laughter in our lives.
Scroll 7 in our readings from Og Mandino he writes “I paint this day with laughter, I frame this night in song. I enjoy today’s happiness today. It cannot be saved for the morrow. And with my laughter, all things will be reduced to their proper size. Each day is triumphant only when my smiles bring forth smiles from others. Laughter is one of natures greatest gifts.
The ladies and I, shown above framed our night in song and dance. We enjoyed today’s happiness today. With laughter, we spent the two days learning new Line Dances and embraced one of natures greatest gifts. Laughter and smiles were the keynotes of the two-day event. We have the gift of laughter and it is ours to use whenever we choose.
Do you cultivate the habit of laughter? Please comment below what you do that creates smiles and laughter in your world.
Love and Harmony,
What am I pretending not to know?
Last week on Thursday I had surgery for Carpal Tunnel on my right hand. I am right-handed. “Wow,” you say. Yes, I have to say it has been a challenge. I started out “I cannot brush my teeth”. But I did not even try first. I was pretending to think I couldn’t do it before I even tried. So many things came up that way and finally, I just told myself. “I know how to do it” but doing it with my left hand made it challenging, then, I began to get creative as to how I could do it. So many things: start the car, brush my hair, eat, cut my food, open jars, writing (well that may take a little extra time) You get the idea of what I mean, if not, just try to use your non-dominant hand for a day.
This applies to so many things that we try to do in life. Take starting a new business and keeping records becomes a challenge. What am I pretending not to know? In reality, you know better than anyone else what needs tracking and what does not. Put together a financial statement. Gather information for tax records. The “how to” becomes easy. This is where you are pretending not to know.
Then there are sometimes, in life, we are pretending not to know. Or even telling ourselves “I don’t know what to do”. I find myself saying that to myself. But now I stop that line of thinking and decide to figure out what to do and take care of the matter. I feel better about myself taking action. I see this question as a way to take hold of the situation and tackle it. Just a simple question asked at the proper time will bring success.
What am I pretending not to know? Do you like it? I invite you to comment below.
Peace and Harmony,
Applying the Law of Least Effort means living each day with Acceptance, Responsibility, and Defenselessness.
“I practice acceptance. Today I accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I know that this moment is as it should be because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are in this moment, not as I wish they were.”
When I first began to read this daily and more than once a day, I felt myself pushing against the circumstances that I thought needed to change. I didn’t realize how much effort it took to right the wrong I felt was happening. My mind was so engaged in making it right, I couldn’t see beyond that. My family is very dear to me, this was a family imbalance and I wanted relief.
It took practice, lots of practice, but gradually I began to embrace acceptance of the things that I considered bad and could not change. What I found out in the process was that the more I accepted and became grateful for these seemingly bad things prayer messages began to appear. Relief began when I prayed, not for what I wanted, and instead prayed for what the universe was showing me. A peace came over me. The peace of acceptance and assurance.
Looking back now on that very difficult time I can tell you my life has changed to give up the struggle and embrace acceptance.
It is my prayer that we can all embrace the difficult challenges with acceptance and give up the struggle. We have more to offer others when we do.
In Love and Harmony,
Hannel writes: “Mental attitude is our personality and is composed of the thoughts which we have been creating in our own mind: therefore, if we wish a change in conditions all that is necessary is to change our thought; this will, in turn, change our mental attitude, which will, in turn, change our personality, which will, in turn, change the persons, things and conditions, or the experiences with which we meet in life.”
“If you do not like the pictures, destroy the negatives and create new pictures; this is the art of visualization.”
“Our exercise for this week is to concentrate on the Truth. Nothing can permanently stand in the way of your perfect success when you learn to apply the scientifically correct thought methods and principles. Silence offers an ever-available and almost unlimited opportunity for awakening the highest conception of Truth.”
I am creating new pictures and as this change is occurring in me new avenues of opportunity have opened up. Each day a new adventure. The law of substitution is changing my thought life, taking truth into my time of silence. I am destroying the old negatives.
You can do it too. Spend the time to visualize the new pictures of the way you want your life to be.
I can be what I will to be. In Love and Harmony