Yesterday I went on a strike.
I. Did. Not. Blog.
I just didn’t feel like it. I had nothing on my mind worth saying, and no inkling of what I might come up with, and… most importantly, no desire to.
So I let myself off the hook and simply did not blog.
It’s not much of a strike really, but given the ease with which I stick to habits, deliberately not sticking to them once in a while is more of a stretch for me than sticking to them. So, in a sense, by not blogging I was putting myself on the spot, not letting myself off the hook as much as getting me on it, because it takes more for me to break a habit than stick to it.
And I need that.
Once in awhile, I need – want! Thrive on! – to stir the pot, to surprise me by not going on routine and habit, but deliberately, consciously, with engaged awareness, question my habitual choices. Like daily 1) blogging 2) morning seven-minute exercise 3) deep-breathing-practice 4) 10+ kilometers in my body, and a number of other things I do daily or weekly.
Do my habitual practices a l w a y s serve me?
Are there moments when I am best served by not doing them?
What happens to me when I do them without really wanting to? Without being present to what I am doing?
Do they still serve me then?
Is there a threshold when habits go from serving to not-serving, perhaps even becoming harmful?
And what does it take for me to pick up on that?
Who do I need to be, in order to give me the nourishment I need, when what I need shifts?
So many questions.
And luckily, no need to actually answer them as such, but rather, just to let them be. Throw them out there, and see, if anything comes back to me. An answer? Another way to look at things? A new question, deepening my reflection?
2 thoughts on “Yesterday I went on a strike.”
Great that you listen to what you feel like doing! I love how you describe things. Your words creates a reality in my mind. Lovely!
I really like the questions you ask yourself. I was more like you before. I was fe listing all the books I read, but no more. When I started reading a book, I read it thru, not any more. I choose more today, and I let more often go of proofing what I do… To some extent this can annoy me. What books did I read last year? I do not now… And at the same time… it takes me more to presence… to what is now. BUT I have started a new morning practice and I note it … to help me keep going…