Routines can be a wonderful thing. Consistency brings comfort, and with comfort comes ease. Plus, we can become incredibly efficient at accomplishing the task at hand – cooking a meal, putting on makeup, traveling from one place to the next…
But there’s one thing about routines I’m not so fond of: They can easily place our minds elsewhere, closing us out from the goings-on around us. The monotony of doing the same thing again and again means we often don’t really have to think about what we’re doing, and instead our minds may choose to wander and wander until suddenly we’ve gotten from point A to point B with no recollection of the journey.
Today, take it upon yourself to make a change in your day. It doesn’t have to be huge, it just has to be different. The change itself may not affect your life immensely, but that one small alteration opens up a million possibilities – of faces to meet, of places to explore… And a few more small changes? Suddenly you’ll find yourself living in what seems like a whole new world. A world where new experiences seem to throw themselves at you, and you – with your new outlook – jump to take on each one.
So today, part your hair a different way. That beautiful dress with the buttons down the front – flip it around and see if it works with the buttons in the back. Order your favorite tea – but from a brand new café. Don’t drive to work – ride your bike. Jot down notes in script instead of print. Take a walk after lunch. Say hi to someone new. Listen to that album your friend keeps telling you about. Make dinner plans with your closest friends – and invite someone new to join. Before you walk through your front door, look up towards the sky and thank the universe. In the evening, burn a stick of incense instead of lighting a candle. And when the time finally comes to rest your eyes, place your pillow on the opposite end of the bed before laying your sleepy head down.
Constant change is one of the most beautiful things about this life. Embrace it, embrace it… fall in love with it.