“Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.”
–Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance
How do you feel about habits? Do you fight against them?
One thing that surprised me as I was writing Better Than Before is how much people differ in their attitude towards habits. I love habits and embrace them — perhaps that’s my Upholder nature — but I understand better, now, why other people dread and resist them. And although I love habits, I see more clearly now how they speed time and deaden experience.
Like technology, money, ambition, and caffeine, habit is a good servant but a bad master.