“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have you ever watched nature? As Emerson states, nature is never in a rush. Nature does what nature needs to and nothing more. The seasons come; the seasons go. The squirrels are constantly gathering food, the bees are collecting pollen from the freshly bloomed flowers, and the crickets can be heard at night.
Unlike us, none of these creatures is in a rush. Their actions are rhythmic, purposeful, and deliberate, following a ritual every day, guided by some internal clock only known to nature, expending just enough energy and nothing more, and always prepared for the changes that are inevitable each year.
Just think about how stress-free our lives would be, if only we could duplicate the economy, efficiency, and rituals of nature. I try to follow rituals on a daily basis because they are quite efficient. You get into a groove at certain times of the day and move from one step to the next. These rituals allow me to do things that I deem very important each day, from eating right, meditating, reading, and exercising.
Setting up rituals is pretty easy. You simply choose some things you would like to do each day, and then you put them on your calendar each day at a set time. It’s easy if you group like-things together like reading habits, exercise habits, writing habits, and any other habit you have built or would like to build.
What daily rituals do you follow? Are they predominantly around getting to work in the morning and going to bed at night, or do you use other times of the day?
See you again tomorrow…