I randomly stumbled across the poem below while searching for fun smoothie recipes to try with my fancy new blender. Oddly enough, it has virtually nothing to do with smoothies, and everything to do with the making, breaking, and undoing of bad habits. Seeing as we are all imperfect and therefore struggle with this issue, I figured I’d share. Sometimes we are not aware of our negative tendencies and need them shoved directly in front of our eyes before we recognize them, but oftentimes they are glaringly obvious, and reversing their effects occupies much of our time and effort, ar at least good intention. Bad habits form as such: the doing of a thing once makes it easier to replicate, and this repetition becomes a habit, which becomes ingrained in our lives and a part of who we are. Habits determine our character, and our character determines how we live, where our priorities lie, and to what actions and attitudes we involuntarily resort. We can alter these behavior patterns, but it requires determination and dedication.
How shall I a bad habit break?
As you did that habit make.
As you gathered, you must lose;
As you yielded, now refuse.
Thread by thread the strands we twist
Till they bind us, neck and wrist.
Thread by thread the patient hand
Must untwine, ere free we stand.
from “A Builder’s Lesson” by John Boyle O’Reilly