Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you cannot fulfill your habit for an extended period of time? Maybe you went backpacking and couldn’t smoke during the trek. Maybe the power went out and you couldn’t watch TV. Maybe you became unemployed and could no longer shop like you used to.
Sometimes the best thing that can happen to you is an accident of circumstances. Without you planning it you are forced to do without. What is your reaction when this happens? It might make you fidget and pace. It might make you easily irritated. But after a while that habit has less of a hold on you than you realized. You can take that hike without a cigarette. You can live without new shoes every week. You can survive without your favorite reality TV show.
So be open to trying something new, be open to adventure, not for it’s own sake, but for what it forces you to do without. And maybe in the process you will discover that you don’t need that habit after all.
Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily
Quote by Leo Aikman, 1908-1978, American journalist and speaker
Napkin Dad Trivia – I was blown up in a boat explosion and burned on 70% of my body when I was 18 years old. I spent 7 weeks in the ICU Burn Unit at Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn NY. I consider it one of the most important and positive events of my life. I have awesome scars, you should see them!