Encore: We Are What We Repeatedly Do

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

What does it mean to live with intent?

Purposefully instead of aimlessly?

Living with design and desire instead of drifting along on mere residual gust of air caused by the necessity of movement.

Movement such as having to move the covers back and away in order to get out of bed in the morning. Perfunctorily peeing, dressing drinking coffee and driving to work…

where more rote actions occur. Random

or instinctual

or premeditated.

Sometimes it takes too much energy to think about actions that you make, even if they seem minor and irrelevant.

Treading lightly instead of gallumping.

Closing drawers and doors gently with deliberation instead of slamming or leaving ajar.

To decide to smile instead of frown.

To create images with your imagination while you read instead of having someone do it for you on the television.

To speak purposely choosing each word and more importantly choosing tone in order to convey information

superfluous or indispensable.

And to be able to find the energy to do so everyday.


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