How Important Is The Repetition In Our Lives?

There’s a monotonous nature to most of our lives: We get up; we go to work (which often requires a set of reoccurring procedures); we return home to carry out a patterned set of tasks and pastimes; we go to sleep; repeat. Ask someone, “What have you been up to?” and the answer given back is often something along the lines of “Same old, same old.”

Are the regular, patterned parts of our life where our essence is? Or are unique moments what give life meaning?

Dear reader:  How important is the repetition in our lives?

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2 thoughts on “How Important Is The Repetition In Our Lives?”

  1. In my opinion I think repetition or a pattern in my life is very important. I know what to expect during the day.
    Now of course there’s things that happen that sometimes interrupt my “pattern” during that time.
    There’s the possibility that my car won’t start, or maybe a coworker is ill which may increase my workload. Maybe there’s an accident on the freeway and I don’t get home on time.
    Repetition helps me stay on track. So if all goes well, my day goes smoothly.
    Breaking the pattern occasionally is good. Stepping out of the norm is good too. Trying a new coffee, or sharing lunch with someone. Maybe my day is going super smooth and fast while waiting for a particular event, then repetition helps my time move quickly.
    I think it’s important to notice small things along the way. Perhaps the moon is full and you catch a glimpse of it rising. Or the crisp feel of the air as you step out and it feels good, getting home and finding someone in a particular good mood, (because they’re part of the repetition), and they cooked your favorite food for you.
    These things along the path, make the repetitive motions more livable .

  2. If you think about it, the patterns we live by carry less mental load than the unique moments. I think this allows us to relax in the repetition and therefore have the energy and be equipped to engage more deeply when the unusual requires it of us. But at the same time, some people become so relaxed in their routine that they resent any alteration, and are in danger of becoming mentally rigid. We should see breaks from routine as mental exercise and embrace them.

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