Good and Bad Habits
- Good habits allow us to perform things in auto-pilot mode.
- Bad habits (e.g. addiction) are easy to develop, but difficult to quit.
With patience and practice, we can modify and substitute the bad components in the habit with good ones. The triggers may remain the same, but good actions can yield satisfactory results.
I spent a lot of time playing the Solitaire Card Games. I received a sense of gratification with the awards : Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond and Perfect.
I stopped playing Solitaire and spent more time writing and sharing my knowledge and experience via my Posts. I now receive a sense of gratification with the “kind words” by my readers.
- My uncle smoke two packs of cigarettes every day.
He successfully quit smoking partly due to his doctor’s advice and partly due to his determination to live a long, healthy life.
He lived to his 80s.
It could have been more if he did not have a fall. There was no immediate signs of danger, but he passed away a few days later.
- My teacher tried to quit smoking. His buddies and students offered him cigarettes to keep them company.
He also tried the substitution method using Chewing Gums.
He added one more addiction.
It would take some time before he kicked both habits.
- Habitual Kamma (e.g. meditating every day) is important.
- U Po Sa would recite “Mora Sutta” (Daung Min Payeik) before going for a daily morning walk along Inya Road with his close friends. Knowing U Po Sa’s habit, the kidnappers waited in the early morning and kidnapped him. U Po Sa got free.
Some attributed U Po Sa’s release to Habitual Kamma (e.g. recital of the Mora Sutta).
- “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey is a Best Seller.
- Covey also wrote another book on the Eighth Habit.
- “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg is another Best Seller.
Duhigg points out where to “break” the cycle in a habit.
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