Change your routine, change your life
It is so easy for life to become routine. We are a busy society and spend our days taking care of family, friends and responsibilities. Hopefully, somewhere in that day we have also squeezed in a few minutes to take care of ourselves. We often become so engrossed in the routine of the day that before we know it we are doing the same things over and over, day after day. Then we sit back and wonder why our life may be boring, when the reason is staring us right in the face.
For people like me who find it hard to move outside their comfort zone, it is very easy for life to become repetitional and mundane. We do the same things daily and then sit back and wonder why our life isn’t more interesting. In reality, all we have to do to change our lives is start making small changes in our daily routine, sometimes outside our comfort zone, to literally change our lives. Let me explain.
Several years ago, I found myself in a rut. I work from home, so unless you happen to have plans during the week, you wind up staring at the same four walls until the weekend comes and hopefully you are able to do something different. By the time you get to the end of your workday, you are too tired to do anything else and it is easier to just have dinner and sit on the sofa and watch television until it is time for bed. Then you go to bed and start all over again. As you can imagine, this can make life pretty mundane.
Then several years ago my friend in New Jersey introduced me to the game of Mah Jongg. That led me to introductions to some amazing women in my community and suddenly my life changed for the better. Getting out of the house a few times a week not only opened me to new experiences, it opened me to new friendships that would all lead to making my life just that much more special and meaningful. Believe me it was no easy thing to do. I had to not only allow myself to get introduced to a group of people who had been together for years, I had to do it with a game that I was just learning. However, changing that one thing in my day, several times a week, literally changed my life.
If your life has become routine and mundane and you are looking for a change, it really is never going to happen unless you make that one change in your daily routine. We cannot maintain the status quo and expect life to be different. That is not saying that people that may be content with a status quo life are wrong. It simply implies that those who are looking for something different cannot continue the routine and expect life to change on its own.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.
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Is not the definition of insanity something along the lines of, “you keep doing the same things over and over and expect things to change?” The quote might not be exact, but it is so easy to get into a rut. Work, eat, sleep – repeat. That pattern is very comfortable. Nothing changes in our lives when we are comfortable. Change occurs when there is a level of discomfort introduced.
Often the introduction of just a simple alteration in your routine can be enough or a step forward to having a change, whether it be big or small occur in your life.
A great post. A good reminder for all us to step back and see if we need to shake things up slightly from time to time.
Thanks for your comment. You are so right. Sometime all it takes is that small change that can sometimes lead to an overhaul that provides the opportunity to make life even more meaningful.
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