What do you think about when you think about nothing? What do you do when you have nothing to do? What do you do when you run out of energy? When you are tired and weary? When your life’s purpose seems fuzzy and vague?
These are all times when it is easy to slip into default mode. Just as the “secret” of our future lies in our daily routines, just as our habits are our lives in miniature, so too our default modes can end up powerfully impacting the quality of our lives. Unfortunately, there are circumstances where a few moments of slack, be it fridge raids or too long at happy hour, can undo the benefits of many hours of purpose.
Just as a rock climber wears a safety harness and anchors into belay ropes; the wise pick safety routines, have back up modes, guardrails, for when weariness sets in. For me, planning ahead, visualizing the day, and having goals help sustain me when energy fades. I have diversions, that while perhaps not making the world a better place or myself a better person (my two generic daily goals!) at least do no harm and calm my mind, sooth my soul, and rest my body.
“Don’t live life by default.” – Steven Redhead, Life Is Simply A Game
“What sort of person you grow into should not be achieved by default” – Wendelin Van
“Default choices often remain unchanged for no reason other than being the default, either because of lack of information or humans’ status quo bias.” – Marvin Ammori
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier