How my own bad habits took root…and what I did about it.
As the creation of my blog progresses and the task lists become longer and more challenging, my need for patience (or should I say my lack of patience) causes me and those around me frustration. I have learned these bad habits take root quickly and can be difficult to change!
My impatience & frustration are taking root…
As I reflect upon this unwelcome character trait, I compare myself to the Bermuda grass growing in our yard. Bermuda grass is found on most golf courses throughout Florida. Our home is located on a golf course, so I have first-hand knowledge of the strength of this type of grass. We have watched the Bermuda grass slowly choke out the St. Augustine sod planted in our yard regardless of the hours we spend trying to save our lawn from the take-over of the Bermuda grass.
Bermuda grass grows deep into the ground with the roots of this grass holding firmly to the soil. The root system can grow as deep as 6 feet or more in the right situations. This grass is so highly aggressive; it crowds out most other types of lawn grass. Did I forget to mention another common name for this grass is the Devil’s grass?
These roots run deep.
I am told that you can dig as deep as 4 inches into the soil to remove the grass, but the roots stand firm refusing to let go. You can spend large amounts of time and money to remove the grass from your lawn only to have this tough, quick growing grass reappear within months.
I too tend to plant my roots or habits so far down with such a firm hold that no one or nothing can loosen my grasp from the hold.
Certainly in this time of transition, as I struggle with daily schedules and unfamiliar tasks, I tend to revert back to my old habits. Habits that are comfortable but as I am deeply aware, no longer serve me and can do more harm than good. I continue to dig deep and take hold as I direct my own steps knowing that if I would just let go and trust in the situation, I would be in a much better position.
It’s time for me to uproot my old habits.
Letting go would be so much better for me and give me the peace I desired. Peace that comes from the one that is in control and has a much better plan for me than I could ever imagine. I just need to let go but like the Bermuda grass, I refuse to budge until I am exhausted and can no longer hold on. Once the fatigue takes over, I finally relent my hold and give it to God. When the struggle has subsided, and God once again has taken the lead, I find the peace and rest that I desired all along.
As the blog progresses, I am giving more and more to God and letting go of the old ways and habits that no longer serve me or may have never served me. I am a work in progress. I have a long way to go, but as I look back, I realize just how far I have come in my journey.
My question for you, what are you holding on to? Please share your comments below or you are welcome to contact me via email. I look forward to hearing from you.