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“Change A Habit – Change Your Life.”
I haven’t hit my quota for eccentric suggestions today, so I’m going to pad my allotment here and now. (scared yet?)
Let’s think of lives in terms of buildings. My life, your life, your spouse’s life, your son’s life, your friend’s life, etc. All buildings. (gaining on that quota at an alarming rate)
The formation of one’s character ought to be everyone’s chief aim. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
OUR CHARACTER IS OUR FOUNDATION:
Any building is only as strong as it’s foundation. The foundation is what will determine how steady the building is and keep it from moving when hard winds blow; everything is built from the foundation up. The foundation lays the groundwork for everything else, and without a strong one, nothing else will amount to anything. Same with lives.
“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Abraham Lincoln
OUR EDUCATION IS OUR FRAMEWORK:
The framework of a building is “the support used as the basis for something being constructed.” That’s what, it seems to me, our education would be. The more time and effort we put into learning, the stronger our framework.
When we’re constructing our life (which we do daily whether we’re 9 or 90), we need a strong base because our knowledge is what makes us or breaks us! A lot of very (outwardly) magnificent buildings have been reduced to ruins because their framework didn’t get the same amount of attention as their exterior. Same with lives.
“A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.” Hosea Ballou
OUR HABITS ARE THE BLOCKS:
In addition to web publishing, my husband works in the field of architecture and construction. He is forever butting heads with block manufacturers. There are so many specs they have to meet – after all, their importance can’t be stressed enough! In order to construct the most MAGNIFICENT building possible, the blocks must each be as close to perfection as possible. When there are flaws, someone gets to talk to….no, scratch that….listen to an irate Michael (the husband) on the other end of the phone.
We should scrutinize our blocks (habits) even more closely. They’re going together to make our life, for screaming out loud! If any of our habit blocks have blemishes on them, we need to remove them and replace them with those that will help build the MAGNIFICENT life we’re attempting to build. Change a habit, change your life.
Take a good long look at your life today. How’s your foundation? Over time has it “settled”? If there are things you once would not have done that you do now, you are settling. You’re compromising your character and if you keep it up, pretty soon you won’t even recognize it.
How’s your framework? Are there areas that could be stronger? Strenghten them! Challenge yourself mentally – grow and stretch your boundaries.
How are your blocks? If, upon close examination, you realize there are blemished blocks – ditch them, they’re making your life ugly. Michael has driven me by lots of buildings, some gorgeous, some not. I remember a particular one in Louisville, Ky. From one side, it looked spectacular – the colors, the details, everything was awesome. I couldn’t understand his dispositon. Then when we turned the corner, there it was. A blemished (I think it was limestone) block. All the rest of the building was for naught. It’s beauty was in vain – all eyes would forever be on the ugliness of the one block.
You’re the architect of your own life – create a masterpiece!
We added three new articles to The Mental Fitness Center:
BTW, a few posts back, Michael had a post about Standing for Something. I was reading earlier about Margaret Thatcher (fascinating woman) and she had a great quote that made me think about that post:
“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by traffic from both sides.”
Madame Thatcher. Now there’s a well-built life.
Make each moment count double,