The Chains of Habit

Ain’t this the truth. Think of all the people who have said ‘I didn’t know I would
get addicted’ or ‘I always thought I would stop when it got to be a problem’ or any
number of other things we can say to explain how we got trapped.

With me it was alcohol. I quit drinking in 1993, long ago. In some ways I was
lucky, in that my mother was an alcoholic and my father probably was as well
and we lived through hell because of it. As a result I didn’t have the luxury of
ignorance when I was older. I knew what I was doing and where it would lead.
So, I quit and didn’t look back. I haven’t missed it and don’t regret the decision
in any way. Life after that habit wasn’t as scary as I had imagined, and indeed
was much better and fulfilling, not to mention safer and healthier.

So, if you struggle with a habit that you want to rid yourself of, take a chance,
call a moratorium on it for a day, or a week. See what happens. Try it again
the next week. Add something new to your life, join a club, eat a peach, whatever.

You won’t regret it, I can tell you that.

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” – Samuel Johnson

The Absurdity of Imitation





“Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those we cannot resemble”

Reading over that quote again I think about how we have institutionalized this idea in Halloween and costume parties. and that is ok, like how an amusement park institutionalizes thrills and fear, don’t you think?

What is sad is when someone creates a daily illusion of being just like someone else (think girls trying to emulate Ms. Hilton, or boys trying to emulate 50 cent, for example) and the result is that everyone else can see the absurdity but they cannot. It can be more subtle of course, even into adulthood.

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