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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Life 101: Habits

I stepped on the scales this morning for the first time in awhile.  The dial twisted twitched before setting on an unfamiliar number.

I reached for my glasses, stepped back on the scales and sure enough the number that I didn’t recognize was there again.  I stepped off and then back on, still the same number.  That dial announced to the world and me there were extra pounds on my body.

I thought about the past few weeks,  it occurred to me I had changed some habits.

I had doctor’s appointments, meetings in town, and gatherings with friends, you know how that goes.  Instead of taking my morning walk with Jilda and the dogs I had skipped them, instead of Jilda’s blueberry smoothies for breakfast, I had visited our local Mickey D’s.  Instead of eating dinner with Jilda, I had way too many meals out.

I thought a bout the weekly Master Gardener’s class, that treat table that is always loaded with goodies.    Sure there are healthy choices on the table, but I go straight for the donuts, cake, sausage balls, and brownies.

I made up my mind to get back on the wagon of healthy food and exercise and plenty of water.   Had I mentioned I dropped by Starbucks as often as possible for a sweet frozen coffee concoction?

As I typed this today I remember a motivational book I read some time back, The Art of Exceptional Living.  A passage I had forgotten, “ Failure is not a single ,cataclysmic event.  We do not fail overnight.  Failure is the inevitable result  of an accumulation  of poor thinking and  poor choices.  To put is simply, failure is nothing more than a few errors in judgment repeated every day.”

The good news, the reverse is true.   Making good choices,  using good judgment can change your life  for the better.  Looking back it was easy to see where my mistakes were.  Now it’s time to get back on track on my life.  Time to change choices and  habits.

Rick Watson
Rick Watson
Rick Watson was a beloved member of the Walker County community, especially in east Walker County. His “Life 101” column was almost always written from the peacefulness of his 12-acre farm in the Empire community. His work focused on observing the joys of rural life.

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