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Repetition, repetition, repetition

RepetitionToday’s a funny date. 12/12/12. Lots of repeats there. It also happens to be a significant birthday for me, one with a repeated number.

Repetition is a funny thing. Some folks hate it. For example, D.H. Lawrence once said,

“…better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.”

(Well, sure, when you put it that way.)

Of course, not everyone sees repetition negatively. That great philosopher Reggie Jackson stated,

style=”float;position:relative; left:25px;””A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that.”

And Norman Vincent Peale noted,

“Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.”

Though I suppose that last one could be both positive and negative.

So here’s a thought for today, this very repetitive date: What’s worth repeating in your life? What’s so worthwhile that you’d do it again and again and again, happily honing your life’s habit? What’s automatic? And are you glad that’s so?

If not, what’s stopping you from changing?

Habits can ease you through your day. They can just as easily hold you back. Don’t forget, one habit worth repeating is changing the things that don’t work for you.


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