I forgot that this year I was going to set aside 90 minute blocks of time like my friend Terry suggested. Until I remembered today.
I forgot that I had started to write about routine, what it is, how and why it can be changed. Until I remembered the other day. (Just a reminder: a routine is a set of thoughts and behaviors performed consistently.)
I forgot that I need to take snacks with me to work every day. Until I remembered.
I thought that making changes to my life in 2013 was pointless, that the advantage of the beginning of the year was wasted. Until I remembered that there are still 50 weeks left.
I started thinking that it’s too late to touch base with friends who are going through tough times, that I might as well accept that I’m a lousy friend. Until I remembered that I would love that kind of touch and wouldn’t be mad at all.
I started thinking that the reason I didn’t like how I led a class last week was because I wasn’t teaching right. I remembered that the problem was that I tried teaching like someone else, not like me.
I started thinking about what isn’t getting done and then I remembered that I keep talking about how much we could get done if we didn’t spend so much time worrying.
And I remembered that my dad said, “anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.”
So 294 words is probably enough. To remind us that routines change a day at a time. Until they become weeks in a row. And then months in a row. And then years in a row.
Related: Worn from routine use.
If you are planning to read the Bible more or more slowly this year, at 7×7 Marc Pitman and I will be sending you daily readings. And Learning a new routine now has some reviews and can help you read the sermon on the mount for the routines Jesus was teaching.