Saturday, March 1, 2014


I just noticed that one pot of amaryllis has 4 good-sized bulbs in it, so i transplanted them, each into its own individual pot.

When i turned the pot upside down, out fell another, smaller pot. The 4 bulbs bulged out of the small pot like a middle-aged woman trying to fit into a dress she wore as a teenager. The bulbs bulged so strongly that i could not shake them out, pull them out, nor push them out. A table knife eventually solved the problem as i cut around the edge as i would do for a cake stuck to a cake pan.

We can get so comfortable with our bad habits that we don't realize they don't fit any more. The cute sullenness of a teenager doesn't look that good on a middle-aged woman. Teenage lingo and speech mannerisms don't fit a young professional woman if she is serious about her career.

The first step in breaking a bad habit is simply to be mindful of it. Listen to it. Look at it. Feel it in your body. You don't have to change a thing. Simply by being mindful, change will happen on its own.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post. I have been struggling with changing a habit, and you're final paragraph instilled a huge aaahhhh in me. So, noticing it it is.