“Habit is a vain and treacherous goddess. She lets nothing disrupt her rule. She smothers one desire after another: the desire to travel, the desire for a better job or a new love. She stops us from living as we would like, because habit prevents us from asking ourselves whether we continue to enjoy doing what we do.” From the Book — The Little Paris Bookshop
I love this analogy from the book I’m reading with my neighborhood book club. When I read this statement, it really struck a cord with me. What I realized is there are so many things we let into our life that starts as an acquaintance but ends up taking control.
We let anxiety, fear, worry, and habits enter our life. We think it’s only for that moment or for a short time but it ends up taking residence in our life. “I’m only afraid some of the time.” “I only worry about this one thing.” “I have this one bad habit that I just can’t break.”
The only problem with letting these issues (like bad habits) take residence in our life is we become so used to them that we don’t think we need to let them go or release them. We think they are part of our décor. Just like the quote from The Little Paris Bookshop, “… because habit prevents us from asking ourselves whether we continue to enjoy doing what we do.”
What habits have you let into your life that perhaps are preventing you from moving forward into your calling or your destiny? What habits have taken over and are preventing you from walking in the fullness of health? What habits are embedded in your life and have taken over what you truly desire in your life?
Sometimes its hard to find them and even if we find them its seems like it takes an “act of God” to remove them from our life. We can pray, beg, holler, bargain or negotiate to have them removed from our life. To then only have them pop their ugly head back in. They seem to take over and form a part of us that is not really who we have been designed to be. In our heart of hearts we miss ourselves. We actually no longer know who we really are.
Is it time to let them go? Is it time for you to take over and walk in the fullness of health? Is it time to find who you are truly meant to be or to find who you are truly designed by the designer of this universe to be?
But you might ask, how? How do I begin? How do I find out what habit is preventing me from asking myself do I still enjoy doing it?
One thing I do when I need that revelation is get quiet. Then I ask my Father to show me what it is that is holding me back, preventing me from moving forward. What habit am I allowing to take over and let it be my friend or even my enemy for that matter? Sometimes it takes some time before the answer comes. But it does come.
Once the revelation comes, what do I do with it? First I need to make the decision if I really want to let it go because it’s really my choice. Once I make that decision, then I ask my Father to take it from me because in my flesh I cannot do it on my own. I need a power greater than myself to help me, to take away that habit or issue and to help me walk in the strength and power that my Father has given me.
Is it easy? Sometimes yes. But sometimes it’s a journey that I need to walk through and keep pressing through to have victory. I love this statement, “Sometimes in order to get to, you need to walk through.”
So walking through can be the answer.
Now let’s go to the other side regarding habits. Are all habits bad? Absolutely not. I have the habit that ever since I had periodontal disease 28 years ago, I floss my teeth every night before I go to bed. In 28 years I have not missed a night. This, I believe, is a good habit.
But if I’m struggling with sleep because every night I worry about my life, then I’d have to say this is a habit that I need to let go, release, remove and be rid of. It’s one that probably has taken root in my life and it’s so ingrained that I don’t even ask myself if I like it or want it anymore.
Don’t allow that in your life. Don’t allow those “bad” habits to take over your life or your health.
Take some quiet time and look over things in your life. Are there habits you can uncover? If you do, decide if you want them any longer? Then write them down. Take the paper and tear it up as an act of saying “no more. You are not going to be in my life any longer. You are not going to control me and cause me to walk in ill health. I am done with you!” Ask the Father to help you in this decision.
If you struggle with this and feel like you need an outside person to help you look at things in your life from a different perspective, consider working with a Health Coach. By working with me, I can help you by starting with your “Primary Foods.” Primary Foods are: your career, your relationships, your physical activity and your spirituality. If anyone one of those is out of balance, then that’s the first focus!
Begin your journey of wellness … I would be honored to work with you to help you uncover those habits that have taken over and have taken your voice. It would be good to get you talking again.
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