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New Routine

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After spending the 3-day weekend as guests at a place we’ve never been before, getting home to the familiarity of the daily chores associated with caring for our animals can be a comfort. This thought led me to consider how I perceive the old routine, especially from the fresh perspective of the fabulous weekend we just enjoyed with the Walker family.

DSCN5133eTraveling anywhere involves living with a limited selection of your clothes and devices, and getting oriented to a bed and bathroom other than your own. Back home again, places and things return to a level where you don’t have to think. Every thing just “is.”

When I went out to turn the compost piles and fix a flat tire on the wheelbarrow, it had a feeling of our old routine. Even though I saw that as a good thing, it occurred to me that “old routine” or “returning to the old grind” of the work week after a holiday weekend is more often framed as a negative.

I turned that around in a blink of mental gymnastics, choosing instead to consider our activities as routine, but new. We have done these things before, but never on September 6th in 2016.

Every day is a new day, even if we are doing something similar to what we’ve already done before.

This week is a time when school starts for a lot of people. We put the vacations of summer behind us and roll into another year’s routine.

Enjoy the familiar, but frame it as a brand new version.

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Written by johnwhays

September 6, 2016 at 6:00 am

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  1. amen

    George

    September 6, 2016 at 7:46 am


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