Every year I consider making resolutions. And as expected they don’t last beyond a day. This year I decided I’d go about it differently. I really want it to work and I figured that even one small change every year would make a huge difference over a lifetime. Much better than 20 resolutions broken within 24 hours.
I think my biggest flaw, is my impatience. I snap, I lose my temper, I knock things over, I walk into furniture and at the crux of it all is my inability to hold my horses. So I decided to tackle this, one teeny thing at a time. In a really micro way. And the first step I have begun with, is not letting my childish excitement run away with me when I am about to use a new shampoo or lotion. I often buy stuff when I don’t need it (yes, I need to tackle that one too – but baby steps, please!) and then I am dying to use it even before I finish the one I am using. So a bottle of shampoo is left used, a tube of toothpaste discarded before the last bit is coaxed out and soap tossed in the bin even though I can get another couple of baths out of it.
A few days ago I got a new Neutrogena facewash (remember my pimples?!) and now it’s sitting on my bathroom shelf, waiting to be used. Everyday I look at it longingly and then I remember I have yet to finish my medicated facewash.The damn medicated wash seems to be taking a malicious pleasure in going on forever. Everyday I think I just have another day to go and it seems to miraculously extend its life.
It’s been a small victory over my own nature and I am very proud of myself. Because only I know how much of a habit it’s become to give away a half used lipstick to my mom and distribute barely used bottles of nailpolish to the maids because I am dying to use a new one and leaving them unused too long will only result in them drying up. It’s a lesson in patience, in thrift and in self control and it’s something so small that I wonder if anyone else will appreciate the effort it’s taking.
So what are your bad habits – tell me one that you feel you can control in a small way. Make a start. And we’ll do this together. Watch this space – if I fail I shall report it honestly. I hope you’ll do the same.