Do I need to shift my habits?
A few years back, my husband and I devised something we call Austerity August. Returning from vacation up north, we set an intention to cut sugar and drinks and get back into a healthy routine. Wake up early, exercise, meditate, eat well, pray, read.
So far, we have failed miserably at Austerity August. I could make lots of excuses, but the bottom line is: we aren’t there yet. The habits of a happy vacation have become the coping mechanisms of a stressful shift back to reality. I know this is not good. I resolve to change. The problem is I don’t want to. Austerity is awful. Who wants austerity?
Yet, I also know that if I could peel away the layers of cravings and self-justifications, austerity might be a welcome change. The calm our family needs requires discipline. So, the question then becomes, am I willing to shift my habits, knowing that I might lose that delicious hit of pleasure now but gain a more substantive sense of peace in the long term?
What about you? Do you need to shift your habits? Which ones? What will it take for you to be able to do that?