Of rekindling an old habit

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?



  1. #1 by Pepper on June 6, 2011 - 6:42 pm

    I used to do something a little similar. I used to hand write small little versus of some prayer I liked, and then stick it up as a note in my wardrobe or some place I see everyday. That way, I’d involuntarily and subconsciously read it everyday and keep in touch with my spiritual side. I should start doing that again 🙂

    Loved that quote.

    that sounds great! you should start again 🙂


  2. #2 by Comfy on June 6, 2011 - 8:26 pm

    I used to collect pictures and cards that I thought were in my ability to draw/paint and then went ahead it tried my hands at it whenever I could. Now I can’t remember the last time I picked up a paint brush.

    Sometimes a part of me itches to do just that when I see some beautiful painting but I let go because of a lot of reasons.

    I am glad you are starting out again T. May it go on and make you happy.

    Nice! I used to collect greeting cards too…more for the words that it had in it than the pic 🙂

    I hope you start painting again.


  3. #3 by Scribby on June 6, 2011 - 10:41 pm

    soothing lines…it entered my brain slowly and processed it word by word..the sound of it slow and steady and factual !! Loved the lines..which book is it???

    I can’t call it a habit though but it’s an hobby which I’ve stopped pursuing since long…I love sketching and painting…and it always gave me a high whenever I did that..your post makes me get back to that but the life right now tells me to relax and let it go for some more time now 😉

    the quote is from The Cellist of Sarajevo, Scribby.

    🙂 hopefully you will get back to sketching again, someday 🙂


  4. #4 by Psych Babbler on June 6, 2011 - 11:14 pm

    That’s a nice habit to have I reckon! 🙂 I’ve always thought of doing it but it never eventuated. One old habit I’d like to bring back is writing my poems and stories on paper first. I used to do it on paper but now I tend to do it on MS Word more often because it’s easy to edit!

    I would love to do that too…writing it down on paper first…but I am so used to using the computer, I am guessing it will be hard to push myself to do it on paper first 🙂


  5. #5 by Deboshree on June 7, 2011 - 12:03 am

    That seems like a good habit – one that can bring rich dividends.
    Thanks for sharing that lovely quote! 😀



  6. #6 by BlueMist on June 7, 2011 - 1:14 am

    I recently got myself a handmade journal and a pen with violet ink. and I am totally excited about it. I don’t know what I am going to write but want to start writing something. lets see where it goes. 🙂

    violet ink? exotic!!! i am going shopping to find myself some violet ink too 😀

    happy writing!


  7. #7 by HappyFeet on June 7, 2011 - 2:10 am

    Nice, girl!
    I think I would love to make this a habit too 🙂

    😀 please do…it’s so satisfying, for some reason 🙂


  8. #8 by Tan on June 7, 2011 - 2:22 am

    Nice that you are going to get that old habit of yours. I too have a similar habit about which I have blogged. I maintain a document called ‘My Corner of Positivity’ in which I write down things that made me truly happy. Looking forward to more of your quotes 🙂

    that’s nice! it’s probably the one of the things that puts a smile on your face, especially on days that you feel down, yeah? 🙂


  9. #9 by celestialrays on June 7, 2011 - 4:37 am

    I let go of sketching. Drawing. Painting. 😦
    I want to resume, but I don’t know what is stopping me 😦

    please do 🙂


  10. #10 by Bikram on June 7, 2011 - 4:50 am

    Writing a diary .. 🙂 exactly what you wrote .. but i have seen that nowadays i do miss a few days with work and all taking over…

    i read about the days and times and remmeber those times …
    started writing when i was in 6th class and got each and day as history … 🙂

    wow impressive…you’ve been writing for so many years!


  11. #11 by Priya on June 7, 2011 - 6:06 am

    OMG! I used to do that too..write down quotes in a notebook!! And yes.. i too let go of it 😦 Maybe I’ll start doing it again 🙂 Thanks T!!

    🙂 do start again


  12. #12 by ~G on June 7, 2011 - 6:57 am

    Cool! Brilliant idea.While I read, I try to remember pages with nice quotes that I want to jot down but then obviously eventually forget.

    yupe, same here since i let go of that practice…now i want to continue doing it again, let’s see how it goes 🙂


  13. #13 by Pixie on June 7, 2011 - 11:13 am

    I would love to write in a book again…
    I used to write a lot, in pages, sheets, post-its…
    I also want to get back to playing the piano…

    nice! i want to get into the habit of writing more also


  14. #14 by anisnest on June 7, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    I had a lot of these habits a decade ago – my own dairy, leaf collection book, art(doodle) book, poetry book …. now all are gone.. yes blame it on the http://www...



  15. #15 by Sonia on June 7, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    Very nice Titaxy! And wow, I cannot think of any old habits I have let go, does that mean I have none or that I havent let go of anything!!

    let’s say it’s the latter ok? 😀


  16. #16 by RS on June 8, 2011 - 8:08 am

    I used to collect greeting cards/calendar posters – anything that I thought I could paint later -Infact I had even done glass paintings using those calender posters. I also used to read a couple of pages of short stories in bed just before I slept…

    Sigh! Would love to lay my hands on something crafty now and the eyes close of its own accord the minute my body touches the bed!!!

    maybe someday you can give a push to your artsy crafty side 🙂


  17. #17 by kragsr on June 8, 2011 - 1:31 pm

    old habits that i would like to resume? hmmm … probably the efforts i used to put into things till my Xth ? not able to think of anything good actually 😀 …



  18. #18 by Swaram on June 8, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    I hv one such book too, I dnt update it any more but hv all those quotes and some nice newspaper cuttings too saved in its pages 🙂 This post reminded me to pick it up and rejoice going thru its pages all over again 🙂 Thanks T 🙂

    🙂 please do..


  19. #19 by Reema on July 4, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    I would like to resume writing letters to people!!



  20. #20 by Matt on August 21, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    ‘Old habits die hard’. People are working effortlessly to give up their old habits and here you are, trying to rekindle them. 😛

    JK. I want to start reading books again..paper books…books with pages..and give up on all these ebooks and tablets. The smell of freshly minted paper eludes me.

    oh you should. it’s blissful to hold a book in hand to read it than doing it on the tablet or laptop..


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