#281…science, religion, ETC.: “3 Things to Keep You on an Even Keel”


Here we go again…


Once we called them “wise words,” or 3 things to consider when setting in order one’s life patterns. Another time we called them something else…


The first deals with habit, something useful that keeps me under lock & key.


For a fresh look at the big picture,


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(1) Good routine is efficient.

   It’s nice to have habits, so you can mechanically do certain things that you mechanically have to do. Of course, there are daily habits, weekly and monthly habits, yearly habits and so on. You don’t have to apologize for them because, overall, you don’t have to think about them much and they’re pretty efficient.

   Still, sometimes a pause is called for. As unsettling as it might sound, as time passes, there’s often a call for something new.

(2) Yet it doesn’t always have to be done ……..that way.

   My old hip was giving out. I could no long hide my limp and my best run wouldn’t medal in a fast-walk race. Two good friends, really honest folk, one day threw me up again a wall, and told me what I needed to do, where to get it done, and when. Now I have a new hip, began walking the same day, and can easily walk miles after only months. I needed a push and got one. Now if I can trade in my basketball and tennis for pickleball (it’s a cross between tennis and ping pong–Google it).

   Two days ago, with a new electric-powered leaf blower I cleared my whole driveway of a forest-full of fall leaves. Never did it before, and it sure improved the ingress and egress of our mountain home on a lake where I write this from my 3rd floor Tower office. (You can see the dock down below at the top of the page here.) And that seemed to put me on a roll. In our cottage (the first part built in 1882) there are a couple of “valleys” where low-sloping aluminum roofs come together that collect piles of leaves and crud that wants to stay put, and climbing the rickety tall ladder to address this problem is becoming increasingly adventurous. So out of a second story window I slide my leaf blower tethered by a rope (so as to not pull out the power cord), and with a long, hard-to-get-around-the-stairwell pole (another vote for never throwing anything away), I nudged the leaf blower downhill, and the leafy crud in the valley never knew what hit it! The results were so spectacular my wife had to take my picture with her smart phone. Even she gave me “points.”  (One day a couple of years ago I said I’d never get one of those; then one day I rounded a curve on a nearby mountain road, and saw the biggest bald eagle I’d ever seen. Camera-less, that day I vowed that would never happen to me again.)

   I’ve even realized that my written-in-stone, early-morning rituals can be modified in profitable ways, but I’ll spare you.

(3) Cutting back, or cutting out, can be wise
            and even brilliant.

   As time passes, letting go can be one of life’s most painful experiences. There’s just too many new things happening, and–especially now–too much easily accessible information. We’ve even written about how people “who know” are frustrated by not being able to ponder stacks of new things that have been learned, and explore new areas of study that have opened up, and use the new technology.

   We go back to the 3 questions a reflective person should look in they mirror and often ask: (1) What is? (2) What matters? and (3) Then what should I do? Some things one needs only to be aware of, a few should be deeply considered, and time should be given as to just how to pass the days we have, allowing, I hope, for reflection, meditation, service, and play.

   That’s one reason why we start off asking only “a dozen seconds” (or so) to touch our doorknob. And since you popped through, we’re delighted you did. We hope it’s been worth your time.

   Let us know.

Author: John Knapp