Thursday, February 16, 2012
"Jay! Stop moving things around!"
I can still hear my mom. How mad she'd get when she'd find out that I had changed the positions of forks, knives, and spoons inside the kitchen drawer!
I was a kid back then. Yet, I was instinctively convinced that changing the position of kitchenware, plates, pots, pans, and whatnot from one spot in the kitchen to another adjacent spot would force me and my mom to reach for these objects not mechanically, but through an act of conscious will. Of course, I wouldn't have been able to phrase it this way. So, let's say that I believed it would keep our minds active. And so, most of the time, my mom would find herself chopping onions with a spoon and going off the deep end for that!
Habits make us lazy, don't they? They make us function mechanically according to recurrent patterns. As soon as one of these patterns is disrupted, we get lost. As an experiment, you can try repeating aloud the lyrics of a song you know by heart without actually singing and much more slowly. Difficult, isn't it? Yes, because we broke a pattern; we broke a habit, and our mind is not used to novelty!
But how really harmful are habits? I'm always reminded that I should get rid of habits because they're not good. I was never given a convincing reason for that, though.
I concur, it is necessary to be able to break habits when needed. But isn't it just as good to know that our beloved habit is awaiting us right there, and that we can go back to it whenever we want?
Habits are our haven, a shore where for once we needn't worry about the unknown.
They are the sand we tuck our head into when we need protection.
Breaking habits is a great ability. It allows us to improvise and deal with unexpected situations. But going back to our habits sometimes makes us feel safe and makes us feel good!
Do you agree?
Do you have any habits you'd never get rid of?