by Beth Vogt @BethVogt
Habits are highly effective—or so they say.
But there’s something to be said about allowing life to surprise us.
Remembering to be wide-eyed. Taking time to marvel at things around us. Or the people we meet during the day.
|"Life never becomes a habit to me. It's always a marvel." - Katherine Mansfield|
I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In the midst of running my errands, living my oh-so-daily life—you know, falling into the familiar habit of it all—I can forget to look up and see Pikes Peak rising just beyond the foothills. It’s right there, waiting for me to notice it, every single day.
But I’m so used to Pikes Peak, I forget. It becomes nothing special and fades into the background. Just another mountain. Nothing to marvel at.
Today’s quote made me stop and think: If I had a choice, would I rather live life as a habit or a marvel? I’d pick marvels over habits every time.
It seems as we grow older, life demands that we spend less time marveling — over a rainbow or a hummingbird or the kindness of a friend or the comfort of silence. Instead, to succeed we must work harder to establish habits: being diligent and proactive and good communicators.
And yet, in the pursuit of helpful habits, what if we lose the spark, the wide-eyed wonder, of seeing life for what it is? A gift. A blessing. A reason to be thankful—every day.
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Beth K. Vogt discovered that God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Despite being a nonfiction writer and editor who said she'd never writer fiction, Beth's inspirational contemporary romance novel, Wish You Were Here, debuted May 2012 (Howard Books.) Her second novel, Catch a Falling Star, releases May 2013. Beth is an established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, as well as a former consulting editor for MomSense magazine. She is also the Skills Coach for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren.