21 Days to a New Habit

They say it takes 21 days to develop or to change a habit. This last 20 days helped me understand some changes I intend to continue. I’m in the process of choosing another habit.  I’m going to use the next 21 days to incorporate it into my life. There are a lot of things I’d like to do but I know it is important to simply choose one thing to focus on. I’m torn between the habits of consciousness, discipline,  and gratitude. If I establish the habit of discipline first then it will be easier for me to incorporate all the other habits later. A consciousness cleanse will help me move closer to God’s purpose for my life. That is so important. Discipline will help me establish balance.

In this week’s message at church my Paster put the concept of boredom into context. Specifically, he explained that the calm we consider boredom is the stillness or ‘rest’ period God gives us between the storms. Wow. This concept isn’t really new to me. But it made me rethink what I currently have going on in my own life. If for only a moment. Am I doing the right thing? I prayed on this and asked God to grant me the ability to complete my degree.  A year ago I asked God to move me in the direction he’d have me to move, professionally. And he has increased me. I am grateful for it all. And I praise Him for his faithfulness. He keeps his promise. I’m working on being the one to always keep my promises.

Somehow I left out gratitude. Not sure how I left that one out. Unless I consider that part of consciousness. I ran across a book entitled the 21 Day Gratitude Challenge. The purpose of the book is to alleviate depression and loneliness by taking the time each day to be grateful to God for what we have. The author took it a step further and also wrote a daily thank you note to a different person which she then mailed. I’m curious. It is such a giving thing. At first I thought, well, I don’t know 21 people who I want to thank. Then I realized there are 41 people that report to me daily. And I’m grateful to them for showing up each day and putting their best foot forward to accomplish our mission. I have family members I appreciate. I have friends I haven’t seen or spoken to in a while that I am grateful for. Turns out I have plenty of people to thank along my journey. It doesn’t have to be long and drawn out. It simply has to be sincere. I like that idea.