Concerning bad habits

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I want to share a thought. Yes, I do think sometimes, I mean I am not the type to sit down and stress his intellectual faculties but once in a while a thought flashes through my head. So it’s like this, I wake up thinking it’s not enough to just want to stop a bad habit; you have to want to create a good one at the same time. If not the void you create by killing an old bad habit will eventually be filled up again with a new bad habit. Imagine a day as a piece of your lifespan that is divided into 24 equal parts that need to be filled with habits. You have a habit of sleeping and eating for instance. Also you have other habits that may be categorized as good or bad.

Now let’s say you use up 4 hours out of the 24 indulging in bad habits. If you decided to get rid of those bad habits you would end up with a 4 hour void craving to be filled up with some habit or rather. If you are extremely lazy you would probably just idle your way through the 4 hours but most people are not that lazy, even I am not that lazy… though I am lazy enough I confess.

Well, I think I will take the last sentence back, most people really are that lazy – at least I know I am – it’s just that an idle mind is the devils workshop and where Dev works bad habits are not far off. Let me just state here that for me I claim full ownership of my bad habits but some of my friends credit Dev and that is why I felt compelled to bring him into the picture. I have it under good authority that Dev is quite an energetic being, he walks into the workshop you create for him and starts raking havoc right away. It does not take him long to utilize all his tools in some deviltry of some size or shape.

Now back to bad habits, I have a lot and I have been fighting some for a while. Today marks an important day in my no bad habit journey – for a particular injurious bad habit – and I have come to make a few important realizations, most important of which is what I mentioned earlier; it’s not enough to just want to stop a bad habit, you have to want to create a good one at the same time. By the way, I am not going to name the bad habit because I am too shy to do so, pardon me on that one. I have tackled this habit a thousand times before and it always wins out in the end but now I am convinced I have got the better of it, though the job is not finished yet. Having other things to do – in place of the bad habit – has been key to avoiding it longer than I have before. Also I got a very interesting quote from the series House of Cards (Season 1: Episode 7) that I always recite to myself when I feel like sliding back. Here it is, rephrased “I cannot control who I am but I can control the zero, damn the zero” To me it just says; no matter what happens I will never go back to being hooked on the bad habit (back to zero) and that is something I can definitely control.

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Is he wise? – part 2

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The remaining part of my previous post (i.e. Is he wise? – part 1)

My friend,

My father retired 30 years ago, after spending pretty much his entire life working for the government as a medical practitioner. My mum says the day his retirement money came he was so excited and claimed the money would last 20 years “if used wisely” and he was convinced that the future was “made”.  Well, Colstar Web, you will not believe me if I tell you that my father’s retirement money was a thing of the past by the time I was born, it lasted a mere 8 years. His poor computational skills are not to blame mind you, neither can his spending habit be put to fault.  The thing is, he judged the value of his money would remain more or less the same over the years. Colstar Web… it was a mistake. Yes, a mistake my father regrets to this day. See, he did his best in the way of spending the money ‘wisely’ but he got outdone by inflation at every turn. Thanks to all those clowns in the government, prices of goods and services keep going up. Clowns I say, you probably regard them as ‘politicians’ but the truth is they are only good for comedy and not high quality comedy for that matter.

Just now I would like to reiterate what I said earlier, that is… I wouldn’t like to work for the government [note: my friend is not a big fun of government service, as should be known to those who have read ‘Is he wise? – part 1’.

Don’t be fooled by politicians who claim things would be rosy and shiny if we had higher salaries. Higher salaries are well enough but what a nation ought to strive for is a combination of good salaries and a reasonable cost of living. By the way when I say ‘good salaries’ I am thinking about spendable income.

Hmm… a million bucks is no good if you cannot even by bread with it. Wait, wait… don’t laugh, look at happened in Zimbabwe [note: the idea that a million bucks would somehow fail to fetch bread tickled me heavily. Due to my ignorance of history and poor grasp of current affairs, I did not know that the preposterous suggestion my friend made was actually a reality in a modern day country. Around this point my friend dived into deeper waters and I was left behind, I being too shallow. Such being the case I will not stress and abuse my memory in hopes of retrieving the rest of the talk, I will simply throw in the towel as they say and curtain close ‘Is he wise?’ I was of the idea that I could somehow battle my way to recollecting everything my friend said, but I see that foolishness of the idea now]

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