Habits – How Healthy are Yours?


This quote about habits hangs on my refrigerator door. It’s been there for a few years now:

“In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.”

Robert A. Heinlein

Wonderfully motivational, right? It enjoys strategic placement to provide multiple views per day. I sense your anticipation to learn of the wonders it produced. Perhaps excitement builds even as you read to hear about and share my joy in the lofty milestones achieved.

Sad to say, I’m beginning to wonder if I got a defective copy. Now that the ink has faded, perhaps I’m strangely loyal to seeing it there and am unwittingly enslaved by reading a trivial saying on a piece of paper, instead of celebrating some clearly desired goals related to real life change.

Even with a piece of 8 ½ by 11 inch paper right there on the refrigerator door reminding me what I need to do, there are several clearly defined goals that remain elusive.

  • Finalizing Tweaking Starting on floor plan for straw bale house
  • Declutter house shed basement garage
  • Publish novel rhyme treasure hunt book blog
  • Learn to garden preserve our own food play accordion

The strikethrough words don’t mean I’ve achieved these particular goals. They only show progression of how I changed the goal. Some nit-pickers might claim that’s part of the problem or that these goals are too broad. There could be many little steps on the way to each one but honestly, does anyone have enough paper or spare time to write them all down given the daily trivia that enslaves us?

There is one anomaly to report in this pattern. My husband almost never looks at the sign on the refrigerator. Yet he’s lost 25 pounds over the past six months.

Clearly something is amiss with that sign.

Habits can be good or bad like many things in life
Leading us to great reform or never ending strife
Trivia for board games may just give you winning edge
But the daily numbing kind will leave you on a ledge
Far from reach of great achievement – clear defined or not
You need more than words on fridge to reach the sweetest spot
Have no fear – don’t get discouraged – if you’ve moved no smidge
Hope – it springs eternal – Should I post THAT on the fridge?

Care to share your habits?

One of the best habits I’ve ever adopted was to hang my keys up on a rack next to the door immediately after coming inside. I used to lay them down without thinking about where. Then I’d waste more time than I care to remember looking for them. It took me a few months to do this consistently (and every once in awhile I might still forget), but I love when I find my keys where they are supposed to be!

I’d love to hear what works for you – or not! Leave a comment telling either the best or worst habit you ever adopted.

Happy Habit Forming, Friends – the GOOD Kind, of course!

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