I brought a T-shirt the other day. A black one, which seems to be the colour of choice in my substantial T-shirt repertoire. T-shirts and jeans take pride of place in my wardrobe. There are still a couple of suits and business shirts hanging there too. Sad little soldiers, reminding me of that other lifetime; in which I spent my days doing the bidding of a large corporation and nights worrying that I hadn’t made enough money for my ever smiling, soft talking lords and masters, because you know how it is, You’re only as good as your last P&L son. Nothing personal, it’s just business.
Back to the black T-shirt tho. The thing that drew my attention to this one was the big bold white lettering on the front … DESTROY EXCUSES. Pretty groovy logo that, and righteous too. I mean, excuses have been destroying lives since Adam got his backside booted out of the Garden. Sorry dad, we didn’t mean to listen to the snake, just didn’t cut it with the old boy, ay.
Now here it was, someone was declaring jihad on excuses! Excellent. I know it’s only a T-shirt slogan but you got to start somewhere, right? And as they say, it only takes a snowflake to start an avalanche.
It’s no different with lives. We all know excuses rule. You know what I’m talking about; I’d love to exercise but I just don’t have the time. Yes I so want to spend more time with my partner and family but this job, you know? Of course I should drink less, but it helps me relax. I do need to save, but those shoes! I’ll stop smoking soon but right now isn’t a good time. I promise I’ll treat you better as soon as I learn to control my temper. On and on it goes.
And here is the granddaddy of them all, I’ll be happy when …
You know how tomorrow never comes? Well when, is tomorrows twin brother, he never comes either.
So, here’s the thing. Forget spirituality, forget god, forget Creation, forget it all and just do one little thing. Pick one habit, just one, and resolve to destroy it. Give yourself 21 days to get it done. Tell yourself that come hell or high water you will not let that habit live. Destroy that son-of-a-gun!!
This is GOOD destruction. Learn to love this destruction.
Destroying that one habit will be worth more in your life than all the worshiping and spiritual grovelling you have ever done!
Happy Holidays and remember, becoming a habit-slayer is a good thing.
ps … if you let me know how you slew your habit I might just send you a special T-shirt.