Routines and Rituals
We have always said to be grateful for the little things in life. This is Rove Coffee in the Springfield Airport. Joeaux and I actually have a ritual with Rove Coffee, we come and have a cup of coffee. Well, I have caramel latte with almond milk, and Joeaux has chai latte with almond milk every week when we go to the airport in Springfield, Missouri. It’s so nice to have a routine and, you can create a routine around anything.
When you have that routine, it just comes through and it helps you feel a little more regular. Not to have anything to do with your bodily functions, but I remember my Mom. She actually passed away two years ago last month, and I always think of her and her routine.
I could tell you what time it was by what she would be watching on television, what time it was by what she was eating, and what time it was by everything. I think that many times what happens with people is they get comfortable in a routine. For older people, sometimes that routine is really good, where they have to do things at a certain point in the day. When they get out of that routine it gets a little confusing for people sometimes.
Now what we do is we help people expand their routines, help people realize that sometimes when they’re nudged a little beyond their comfort zone that they can elicit change, and it keeps their mind sharp. It keeps everything sharp. I can even remember talking with my Mom about how regimented her routine was.
So we started changing the times that she ate and changing what she ate. At first, she said, “No, I can’t do that. No, no, no.” And then, she started enjoying it. So even at 96 years old, she learned new things. She learned new ways to do things. She learned how to do Sudoku when she was always a crossword puzzle kinda person.
She learned that the key to all of this was moving forward. Routines are good, but getting out of your routine can help you stay sharp, help you keep focused, and help you move forward in ways that may be a bit surprising. We call that getting out of your comfort zone. See how it works for you.
Namaste, y’all. Namaste.