Daily Thoughts, December 21, 2008
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Patterns

My life is falling into a pattern. As I look backwards, there seems to be far more that is consistent, regular, and predictable than I realized at the time. I am clearly a creature of habits. I am also one that likes to operate within a particular comfort zone. I do not think that I am unusual when it comes to this. People today and in the past liked to do what they were already comfortable with doing. There is something comforting and assuring when you do what you know has already been successful in the past. You know you made it then, so why not now?

Without any particular commentary or criticism, it seems like we are all in repeating patterns of our own making. When “those who had been scattered by the persecution triggered by Stephen's death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, but they were still only speaking and dealing with their fellow Jews.” (Acts 11.19) As you look today, you can find those repeating their daily commutes around the same time, along the same route, and often with the same strangers. If you reflect on the conversations, dinners, and nights out, you will find eerily familiar patterns.

I am not suggesting that every pattern in your life and mine should be questioned. Many of our patterns are good, nurturing, and aligned with the values we hold closest to our hearts. I am suggesting that if one wants to grow something has to change! One cannot keep repeating the patterns of yesterday and make the world a better place. It is unreasonable to suggest or believe that one can continue doing what one has always done and grow into a better person at the same time.

Patterns need to be examined and questioned. When we find a pattern that is aligned with the best of our aspirations, celebrate! If there is a pattern that is moving one’s heart and soul in a less than desirable direction, then it is time to start the healing and change process. Change can be good.

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