What do your daily routines say about you?
I don't think of myself as a creature of habit. I get easily bored with routine. I don't get up at the same time every day, I have at least three routes I take to work, regular exercise classes have rarely worked for me, because I am loathe to put the same thing at the same time in my book, lest I decide I want to do something else instead. That's not to say I don't have things I do every day - start each morning with a cup of espresso, waste time on Facebook, cross at least one household chore off my never-ending "to do" list.
While my routines create structure and fill my life, they don't offer me spiritual meaning.
While doing some research for work, I was listening to podcasts on New Years' resolutions. In one of them, the podcaster suggested creating a mantra for your routine that imbues it with a different sense of purpose. Rather than thinking, "I should meditate today," consider "If I get nothing else done today, at least I can say I meditated."
This reframe of the "should" to a statement of accomplishment is compelling to me. It inspires me to create intentional, daily routines aligned with my values.
"If I've done nothing else today, at least I can say I said "I love you" to my husband."
"If I've done nothing else today, at least I can say I ate healthfully."
"If I've done nothing else today, at least I can say I made time to journal."
These statements say so much more to me than "If I've done nothing else today, at least I can say I made time for a cup of coffee, to crush some candy, to clean the cat box."
When you fill in the blank, does it inspire you? If it doesn't what might you do to make changes that offer more joy in your life?