Routines. Does that sound a little boring? Are you more excited when you think about the unexpected? Or when you think about getting out of the “routine” to do something new or different? Yes…I get it! And at the same time, I have come to understand that routines in our lives should not be despised.
Let’s think about this word…routine.
Routine: a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.
Regular and fixed are the words I pick up from this definition.
Regular means something is constant or a definite and specific pattern in your life.
Fixed means it’s fastened securely in position. Something is firm and stable.
There are many things in life that are not stable or fixed. There are surprises that pop up! So what is the big deal about routines. Why should we consider this topic?
Routines can organize our thoughts, our typical tasks, our repeated behaviors (brushing teeth, bill paying, etc.). With this organization, we can identify open time/space in our life for other things…maybe with some adjustments. We can make better judgments about what we can say “YES” to and what we need to say “NO” to.
Routines can cover our weaknesses and make us look smart! Hehehe! What do I mean by this? Well, if I have a routine of putting my keys on a specific hook when I get home, then I will have less times of madly looking for my keys and seeming like the bumbling woman who forgets where her keys are!
What comes to your mind when you think of anchors?
Anchors are an interesting topic. There is a variety of types and sizes of anchors. They each perform the same basic task of keeping a boat from drifting away. However, depending on the type of boat, the size of boat, and the type of “grounding” (i.e. into sand or into rocks) required, the anchors will perform this task in their own unique way.
Let’s take this thought and move into our lives…
Here are some thoughts using ANCHORS as an acronym. Can you relate to any of these?
H = Honesty (Be honest about what is happening: what you are feeling and struggling with. Help could be from someone in your life…they just need to know what you need.)
O = Optimism and Openness (Believe. Believe in the rainbows after the storms. It’s easy to see the negative. Look for the good and hold on to it!! And LAUGH! Joy is a source of strength.)
Have you ever had THAT song stuck in your head?
I’m sure you have. There’s something about that song in particular that grabbed your attention—maybe the beat, maybe a memory connected with it, maybe a message it gives…
I have found those little urges, like a song stuck in my head, are important to recognize. Important to stop and ponder on it or just let it flow out of me as I sing it, tap my feet to the beat of it, remember it, and so forth. Often there is a reason beyond our logical mind that has connected us to that memory. I may have an occasion come up that day to share it with someone who really needed what that song gave to me (a pick-me-up, etc.)…and I would have never thought of it in my normal logical routine of the day.
In these moments of “out of nowhere” memories or ideas, we are reminded that we are more than a body. We are more than an intellect guided by logical thought. We are more than what we see, feel, connect with in the physical world around us. We also exist in a spiritual world. We are a spirit at the core of our being.
WHAT?!? You may say.
Well, think about inventions that we now enjoy in our regular life--
These inventions were brought out of the unseen into the seen.
Realize that YOU and your tomorrow are more than what you “see” today!
Pay attention to those inner impressions. Pay attention to the dreams that float up to your mind. There are things that lay hidden in the unseen of our spirit. They are real. And they begin in the unseen.
Will you DARE TO BELIEVE?
Cindy writes about her adventures, observations, and other nuggets from living in another nation. She and John live in SE Asia. She will also share nuggets from her 58 plus years of life.