For years, I have been a believer that daily habits make up your lifelong achievements. Funny as it may sound, I even have a daily checklist for things as obvious as vitamins and water intake. I have a checklist for the less than obvious like meditation and yes, even taking 10 minutes to myself. As an attendee at Lorin Beller Blake’s Starfish Retreat, I had to commit to my daily habits. Lorin refers to them as daily rituals which sounds so much nicer than a habit. Many famous thinkers have written of the daily rituals that were important to their success. Benjamin Franklin was famous for his tight schedule which included reading, music and daily planning beyond work. CS Lewis had daily rituals which included walks and tea within his day. Rituals can reconnect us to what we feel is important in life. Common rituals include greeting the day, praying, family dinners.
Back to Lorin’s workshop. A new friend I met named Starla J. King wrote on my daily ritual homework that I need to facebook her every day. It was kind of a joke. However, I decided to take her up on it. I have facebooked Starla for 87 days today. Our postings to each other are always something that will inspire, provoke or make us appreciate life. I can honestly say that I have been more consistent with this daily ritual than any other. I’m guessing it’s because 1) It feels good, 2) I’m accountable to someone, 3) It is being tracked. We write down the number that we are on. Neither of us want to skip a day.
So I ask you, what rituals could you add to your life to benefit you (or others)? How can you track your success and hold yourself accountable?
Trust me, in a life where everything is so busy and reactive, it feels good to be grounded with small steps that you know take you in the right direction.
Lisa Druxman is the Founder of Stroller Strides and author of Lean Mommy. Passionate about moms taking better care of themselves! http://www.strollerstrides.com