I watched my dog the other day. She yelped when it was time to eat in the morning. She waited for the food and then made a beeline to the back yard to do her business. She came into the house and sniffed around all the cabinets. She found her bone and chewed for a while. She wanted out again. She got excited when I put on my shoes because she knew we would be going outside. She wanted fed again at night. She curled up at my feet as I watched TV. She went to bed for the night on her pillow.
And the entire process started all over again the next day.
And my life isn’t any different, really. I wake up. I clean up. I eat. I go to work. I work. I return home. I eat. I watch some TV. I get ready for bed. I read in bed. I fall asleep with the book on my chest and the light on. And the entire process starts over the next day.
Becoming a better person, The Change Challenge, involves shaking up the routine. Trying the new. Changing the course of our day. Instead of being a slave to our routine, we can create a new routine, a new schedule. Even if it is only for one day.
So try something different today. If you normally light a cigarette and watch “The View”, today you can go for a walk and listen to the birds in the trees. If you routinely call your sister and talk for a half hour, spend that time visiting your neighbor. If you listen to Bob & Tom on the way to work, turn the station to NPR or classical music.
Shake up your day. Make it different. Make it better.