“Habits are statements about the past, and the past is gone” – W.T. Gallwey, The Inner Game of Tennis.
To me this statement exposes the futility of many actions undertaken without thought as to their ongoing validity.
Certainly evaluating every move, considering each aspect of life, or reflecting on our habits one by one could appear stressful. The automatic way of living may bring with it a sense of peace. It is a matter of choice and if we choose this option then all well and good.
However, often things are done just ‘because we have always done them’. Yet few can remember the original reason for starting such habits if questioned.
Leaving habits in the past is perhaps easier said than done if a large part of our ‘social being’ is identified with those habits. Many times, for example, we may feel it necessary to ’defend’ our decision of adopting a new way of being as acquaintances find it difficult to accept we might want to change or develop.
Yet by keeping the benefits of the substituting behaviour in mind, the transition to a new way of being – one aligned with our values in the present as opposed to habits no longer representing us – can occur. Once again it is a matter of choice.
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