(an excerpt from Murray Oxman’s handbook, How to Tune Up Your Life)
Tool 7 — Not-Doing: This is a really interesting and rewarding tool. It’s all about the power of not-doing. Compared to not-doing, doing is easy. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we all are creatures of habit. We basically have a big bag of things we do, words we say, emotions we feel, body movements, etc. Day in and day out we go to our bag of collected responses never even noticing it happens. Example: Someone criticizes your way of doing something and quick as a flash you respond with a defensive remark. Another example might be your daily routine. We mechanically go about our day never questioning the way it’s arranged, the foods we eat, what we wear. Why question all this? The answer lies in the doing:
For a month change everything about your daily routine as much as possible. Perhaps, get up earlier in the morning and go to bed earlier. Make a conscious effort to eat foods you don’t usually eat. Even eat at slightly different times. Find other big and small ways to break your usual routine. Stay with it. You’ll discover much valuable information about you and your life. Hint: you might discover how to really enjoy yourself everyday.