I like routines, do you?

rou·tine

/ro͞oˈtēn/

  1. a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.

“I settled down into a routine of work and sleep”

synonyms: procedure, practice, pattern, drill, regimen;

I like routines, do you? We all have them in our everyday life; we follow them without even thinking about them. We have routines in all parts of our lives: personal, work, social, family, relationships. Think about it, everything we do every day is a routine. What do you do first thing in the morning upon rising? How do you dress yourself, left sock first or right sock first? How do you open your car door and what is the first thing you do in the car, start it first and then put your seat belt on or buckle your seat belt then start the car? Do you have a routine of what time to eat your meals every day, when to exercise, when to run errands or what day of the week to do laundry?

I like routines, do you? I like them because for me personally they keep me stable, sane and balanced. Routines are constant and constant is familiarity: knowing something, feeling close to it and feeling good about it. Routines that are constant keep us focused and not having to put much effort into them, they are as natural as breathing, sleeping, seeing, hearing and thinking. They just occur and we let them take us through our day.

I like routines, do you? Routines can sometimes not be good for us and may even cause harm, pain, heartache, suffering, stagnation and yes even death. Am I the only one who thinks about these things, about routines and how they control us? Really think about it. I have routines I live by every day of my life, both good ones and bad ones. I allow them to control me to the point, that if one routine changes, it causes me to become disturbed and I let the change in routine ruin my day. I am trying to change the results I experience due to the changed routines in my life. Doing things differently is good at times, some routines need to be changed and with that change brings acceptance and freedom.

I like routines, do you?

One thought on “I like routines, do you?

  1. I’ve never really thought much about my routines and how much they control my life. Usually if something interrupts my routine – say a doctor’s appointment, I can’t get on with anything until that interruption is out of the way. I also get stressed if certain things aren’t done by a certain time.

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