This quote from Aristotle has been the foundation of my Nia focus this week:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
My invitation is to investigate what you do repeatedly – in your movement, your mind, your emotions, your day. For while we tend to measure and mark life by looking to the big decisions, the big events, the truth is that it is the thousand little events and decisions, the things we do over and over that really shape our experience and who we are.
This can be mind-bending. In a culture that focuses on the drama and the trauma, it can be unnerving to think that it is actually the tiny little things that we do over and over (and over) that make the biggest difference. One way to look at it is to see what my experience is, what I have created, and work backward to notice the thousand little habits and practices that got me there. (This can be particularly helpful when I find myself saying, “How in the world did this happen AGAIN??!”) Another perspective is to look at what I WANT to create and get there by making the thousand little choices that will get me there. Aristotle says “we are what we repeatedly do” and for most of us, it is the habits that we do without even thinking that create our reality. The trick is to make what I repeatedly do conscious.
So I’m doodling along with my focus for the week, and this morning I get an email from The Universe. I’m not kidding. I get a note from the Universe every day. (And you can, too! Just click here to sign up!) And here’s what my note said today:
|It’s not as if one could be bored enough, feel frustrated enough, or complain enough that their life would suddenly turn around. Doesn’t work that way.
Whatever anyone “is,” Susan, they become more of. And anyone’s is’ness is whatever they say it is.
Universe, your timing is, as ever, impeccable. I love this reminder that no matter what is happening, I have a choice about how I think, feel and act on it. And those choices, those repeated habits on a moment to moment basis are what really make my life and my experience and ME.
So what is my “is’ness” today? Today, I my “is’ness” is curious, determined, excited, scared and open. What is your “is’ness” today? Do tell.