I am entrenched in a daily routine. I work at home and, as time as passed, I unknowingly created a routine.
I rise at the same time everyday and basically do the same thing every day. Then I go to bed at about the same time every evening.
The weekend comes and my Saturdays and Sundays follow a Saturday and Sunday routine.
Not that routines are a bad thing. I think we function best and more efficiently with routines. Actually, God created routines. We have the sunrise, the sunset, the 24 hours in a day, and the seasons.
While there is nothing wrong with a routine, becoming so firmly entrenched in a routine that being out of it throws you off for a day or so, now that could be an issue.
Or is it?
I recently went out of town for two days and one night. I spent the night in a hotel and the two days looking at a potential college and the college town with my college-bound daughter.
On the way home, I suddenly had this moment of panic. And I realized it was because I stepped out of my routine, my day-to-day routine. Wow.
When I got home, I couldn’t snap right back into my usual routine. I could only sit and veg out in front of the TV, streaming Netflix.
“Looking back at a repetition of empty days, one sees that monuments have sprung up. Habit is not mere subjugation, it is a tender tie: when one remembers habit it seems to have been happiness.”
― Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
Routines, for the most part, are relaxing, reassuring and help us to get through the day with less stress.
But, perhaps we should change it up a bit every now and then!