Saturday, October 11, 2014

Habit or Marvel? Social Media Image to Share

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.

If you had a choice, would you rather live life as a habit or a marvel? What marvelous experience—event, person, thing—jolted you out of your ordinary recently?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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. 

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  1. I want to live life as a marvel but all too often it slips into a habit. A few days ago, I needed a break from my writing so I stepped outside my house into my nice quiet neighborhood, expecting to take a few deep breaths, check for mail, walk around the driveway and then back in. Three minutes tops. I got to end of the garage and glanced at the red yuccas growing in our front garden and saw the most beautiful hummingbird flitting from blossom to blossom. It stopped me in my tracks and what was meant to be a three minute walk out of habit became a ten minute marvel at the awesomeness of God's creation. And it re-energized me and I approached my writing for the rest of that day with new vigor and eagerness to see where my characters would take me.
    Thanks, Beth, for this great reminder to take the time to marvel.

  2. I feel like I do marvel at life often, but the other day I had one of those special moments. I was taking a prayer walk and thinking about adoration. I said to God, "What does it mean to adore you? What does it look like?" At that moment I threw my head back and looked up at the sky and there was a small rainbow right above my head! No rain in sight, just blue sky and the little rainbow. I took a picture and felt his laughter mix with mine.

    1. Your comment is why I need to get back to Wilmington, Erika. To hear your writing in person. Love this.

  3. Beth, marvel trumps routine every day. That is, when I remember. I live 700 feet from the ocean and it's been at least a week since I've seen it. I love your posts because they remind me about priorities and living and loving and, yes, marveling. Thank you!