Monday, 15 April 2013

Creatures of Habit

Creatures of Habit

Habits (or wonts) are routines of behavior that are repeated regularly and tend to occur subconsciously.Habits are sometimes compulsory.[3][5] The process by which new behaviours become automatic is habit formation.  Ref; wikipedia 

I am a true creature of Habit!!.  I have to workout first thing in the morning or I do not have the motivation to exercise.  I will most mornings stop by my local Starbucks and grab my Decaffeinated Americano, when travelling dependant on time of arrival I will most likely go out and acquaint myself with my surroundings. I always make a list before travelling. And a new habit which I think is great I always add a wide tooth grin smiley face at the end of my BBM and What's app messages.

Now there are probably a host more of these so called habits nothing more comes to mind and I do not want to bore you!.  BUT here's the thing,  I have learnt and realized that habits, rituals, repetitive tasks can be motivating, helpful with organization BUT also crippling and an out right pain in the butt for yourself and others.

Habit's have done me good especially on vacation for example I recently had a vacation in Maui, Hawaii and I fell straight into some really fabulous habits.  Like; Honolulu Coffee every morning, walks along the beach morning and afternoon, workout's every other day with my significant other and relaxation on sun lounger's in the same spot under the same umbrella everyday...I came home feeling like jelly. 
Relaxed, Refreshed and Revitalised!! 
These I think were good habit's and happy to be left behind till next time.

The second habit form which came to mind only after I watched the South African made film "Material" at the Vancouver South Africa Film Festival.  Are habit's that affect our psyche and in turn our everyday living in a negative way.  What this film made me realize was that habit's can also be responsible for our action's, reaction's, thought's and daily purpose; good and bad. Habit's that affect us on a psychological level play havoc with our lives creating either joy or discomfort.
Don't stop here!