It’s 2017, time for trying a new habit. Last year I’ve added a simple one: making bed after waking. Now instead of opening my phone right away and checking up social medias, I make my bed. I learned this habit from a Youtube video shows a speech from a Navy Seal Admiral. You can see from this a lot of reasons why you should start off your day by making your bed.
If you have read Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, you should be familiar about ‘keystone habit’ – a good habit that are correlated with other good habit. Making bed has become one for me. After I made my bed, I would feel bad if I started sleeping in again, so I started do something else and those became new habits like stretching my muscle, checking my weight, reading books or articles, and planning my day.
For these couple of weeks of 2017, I have been starting a new habit that I called ‘3 Things I’m Feeling Grateful Today‘. I didn’t have any slight idea about starting this actually. It started when Arip gave me new year present: a beautiful planner with my initial engraved on it. Since I already have a working digital system, I don’t have any use of the planner. But then I got an idea. What if I write every day, three things that I was feeling really grateful about that day?
Couple weeks ago I received a new year present from Arip: this beautiful planner with my initial engraved on the cover. . Since I already have a digital system and don't want to put this to waste, here is what I do. . This book will contain 3 things I'm feeling grateful every day. On the month section, I put overall mood I have on that day. Then on the week section, I put each day 3 things that I'm feeling grateful about on that day. . Every time I'm feeling down, I just need to open the book and count each blessing I received on every passing day and say that The Lord still loves me.
As a Christian growing up loving hymns, I got this concept of count your many blessings from one of the hymns. Here’s the lyric of the hymn.
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,Count your many blessings; name them one by one,And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
This is a way for me to count many blessing that The Lord hath given to me each day. One day maybe when I am feeling so down, I am going to open this book, count on those many blessing, and thank The Lord that despite every obstacle that I faced on that day, The Lord had been and is still with me.