Years ago, I used to maintain a notebook religiously…it was no journal or diary, but it was the place where I wrote down quotes from books or magazines that I was reading. Anything that made me pause to ponder, anything that put a smile on my face or let a tear roll down my cheeks, or anything that I thought needed to be read over and over – I noted it all down. That notebook used to be my go to place, especially when I had a bad day. It was my corner of solace.
Even today, when I am upset about something, I know I will feel better if I read few favorite quotes or excerpts. It seldom fails to put things in perspective. But the difference between back then and now is that now I do it on the internet. Somewhere down the line I let go of my habit of penning down those words of wisdom that caught my fancy. I am very much inclined to blame it all on the WWW because now whatever I need is easily available without me having to write it down every so often; but it might as well have been due to sheer laziness on my part. Whatever be the reason I stopped, I realized today that I want to give that old habit a fresh start going forward.
It’s nothing big or fancy; just a small practice. But I think it is one of those rituals that will bring me much delight. And since it’s an old habit, I know it will come to me naturally…I won’t have to go out of my way to bring it on track. The simple act of writing something down, giving it a personal touch, and having it by my side whenever I need it – I can already feel the joy!
So, here’s one of the first quotes that I am going to jot down…it’s from the book that I am currently reading –
This is how she now believes life happens. One small thing at a time. A series of inconsequential junctions, any or none of which can lead to salvation or disaster. There are no grand moments where a person does or does not perform the act that defines their humanity. There are only moments that appear, briefly, to be this way.
– The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Tell me, what is one of your old habits that you’ve let go of that you would like to resume?