“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Daily Nugget of Gold 1110
Fun Things to Do
We don’t make it difficult on ourselves to maintain certain habits. Want an example of this? How about TV? Most Americans spend 3-4 hours a day watching TV. Now, this habit is starting to be replaced by another habit- either being on the computer or using a wireless device like a cell phone, or maybe playing some sort of video game. The habit of doing any of these things or a combination of them is what takes up most of many people’s free time. Some of us have allowed these things to encroach on the time we are spending for other purposes as well. Many companies are very concerned about the impact of these things in the workplace and for good reason. What a company can pay someone is directly tied to the amount of productivity that person has.
Wait a second- didn’t we start by talking about how we don’t make it difficult to maintain certain habits? Ah, yes. Here’s what we’ve observed- see if you agree. For TV, we stick a big comfy couch or overstuffed chairs in front of state-of-the-art big screen televisions. Our own family just purchased a set of furniture like this- with cup holders built into them. Really! Speaking of cup holders, many of us have end tables, coffee tables, portable trays and the like to put our drinks and snacks on as we watch TV. Being at the computer often involves a desk for the desk-top type and the desk serves nicely as a place to hold food and beverages, doesn’t it?
We don’t know if you’ve ever done any public speaking but if you wish to build an audience to come and hear what you have to say, it doesn’t hurt to provide “refreshments”, some cookies maybe, possibly something to drink, that sort of thing. Is it any wonder then if we provide for ourselves “refreshments” when we are doing something that we might spend more time doing it? Don’t think we’re judging you on this, we do it too! We had to snicker tonight when our dog, who goes outside regularly to watch the wildlife in the back yard pulled a cushion off of one of our outdoor chairs and laid on it rather than laying on the cold cement. Where did she learn that, we wondered?
So, did you think we entered this discussion today to complain about how much time folks waste watching TV, playing video games, using cell phones or their computers? Nope, just observing what we add to these activities which has a way of helping us stay involved with them. We haven’t even touched on the fact that all of these things also serve as a form of entertainment, more often than not.
What we are doing here is preparing our readers for the next idea we wish to present, sort of whetting your appetite for what comes next. Instead of complaining about these things that strengthen our bad habits- let’s use them to install better ones. See you next time!
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What do I do to add more fun to what I do?”
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