I can’t help it. I’m hooked. I can’t stop myself. I can’t stop thinking about it or reaching for more. I can’t stop doing what I’m doing! ‘It’ consumes me from the moment I get up to the moment I fall asleep. ‘It’ has a spell over me. Like a magnet that is constantly pulling me in one direction, I am hopelessly hooked.
17th century poet John Dryden once wrote, “We first make our habits and then our habits make us.” What am I hooked on, you wonder? I am hooked on learning, adventure, and fresh homemade cookies! Not necessarily in that order though. It depends on the flavour of the day.
What is our modern world hooked on? After checking a few internet sites, I discover ‘teeth whitening’ as a popular habit, next to its very enemy, coffee, tea and red wine! It appears that our habits create more habits. We are human after all, prone to habits.
What habits do you regularly engage in? Are they healthy rituals with long-term benefits or are they short-lived, providing only satisfaction in the moment? Do your habits enhance your quality of day? If not, why not?
The oven timer is ringing. I have to go now. The next batch of cookies beckons.