Good Habits. Bad Habits.

Our lives change when our habits change. It’s time to start good habits that will take the place of, and push out, the bad habits out of my life. At least, that’s what Best Lent Ever suggests, today.

Each day, Best Lent Ever offers some guidance and reflection, but this “habit” concept was a bit of a departure from many of his thoughts and lessons. This Lent, thanks to my son, I’ve truly made prayer a part of my daily routine. He and I pray the Rosary (a decade) every night at bedtime and we dedicate the 6 or 7 minutes of prayer to someone or some thing. We’ve only missed a few nights (I worked late, he had a sleepover, etc). It’s been enlightening. It’s a good habit that has pushed out some “bad” habits.

Over the years I’ve blogged alot about time, time management, and lamented about how short life is, but also how long it is and how much time we actually have when we think about it.

Currently, and for much of the past four years, I’ve let bad habits (and bad thoughts) take up too much time in my brain and life. As these “bad” things take up more and more time and space, they’ve pushed the “good” out.

Let me be clear, the “bad” habits aren’t things like smoking or drugs, but they are things like sloth, procrastination, self-pity, laziness, and more things like that. Every time I make time to watch my favorite show, and then another favorite show, or hit the snooze bar once, twice, or four times, and each time I don’t exercise or work on my writing ideas, I let more “bad” into my life and I don’t let “good” take over.

I’m sitting here and imagining my day and what it would look like if I had sprung outta bed at 5:00 a.m. when my alarm first went off, instead of 5:36 a.m. after three snoozes and strong contemplating re-setting my alarm for 6:20 a.m. (which would give me just enough time to take my dog on a short walk so she could pee and poop). At 5:00 a.m., I would’ve been back from a vigorous walk and drinking coffee by 5:25 a.m. I would’ve been sitting at my computer by 5:30 a.m. with a full hour ahead of my to write, check my Facebook, organize my personal email, and much more.

I would’ve been attacking and owning the say, versus scrambling a bit, beating myself up for hitting the snooze three times, and sitting down to write at 6:05 a.m. and realizing I only have about 25-minutes.

Today, when I see a “bad” taking over (it’s like eating a cheeseburger and fries …it makes me feel sooooo good when I’m eating it but I feel like crap a half-hour later), I’m going to find and do more good.


Lent …Again

I don’t even want to look back at my past Lent related blog entries. I’m pretty certain I use Lent like a little reboot of my New Year’s Resolutions and like a little 40-day self-improvement class. Funny, the priest at my Ash Wednesday Mass kinda made fun of that. He said Lent isn’t really a time to say, “I’m going to try Yoga.”

So, “blog every day” probably doesn’t fit into the spirit of Lent, either.

It’s OK. I was sorta thinking I should take Lent a little more seriously, so Father’s Homily was well timed. Hmmmm. Kinda like someone wanted me to listen, for a change, and work on my inner peace and spirituality.

Yes. Write more, get back to my book and script, and regular exercise are still a part of my Lenton plan, but I’m doing it as an extension of the idea God gave me many blessings and gifts, and if I’m not using the gifts he’s giving me, I’m …essentially …laughing in his face.

I joined Dynamic Catholic‘s “Best Lent Ever” list and that will be my exercise in spirituality. It will be my main focus. And the rest, hopefully, will fall in line.

Like they say at Dynamic Catholic …I’m ready to remember this as my best Lent ever.

Sorry. Nothing funny, today. I’ve got 40 days. Something funny will come up.