How Important Is The Repetition In Our Lives?

There’s a monotonous nature to much 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?

Related Questions:  What makes you you?  What is important? How can we turn ideas into actions?

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

  1. We are creatures of habit. Think about how happy you are to walk into your home after a vacation, no matter how much fun you had. Or, how many times have you heard someone say “I hate change”? We carve out comfortable little niches for ourselves because it makes our lives feel safe and secure. Repetition is also vital if we want to be successful in our endeavours. If we only did something once or twice, we’d never achieve anything. Even during times of upheaval, experts recommend sticking to as normal a routine as possible so we can cope more easily with our situation.

    1. Cecily: I love your comment. To be an expert at anything requires repetition. As they say, “Practice makes perfect.” I also think how you ended your comment is important advice to people going through difficult times. We need often some semblance normalcy “so we can cope … with our situation.” Michael

  2. Practice makes perfect.

    To become a writer, you must write … a lot! To call yourself a marathoner, you must log the miles of preparation that will get you to both the start and finish line of a 26.2 mile race. And to call yourself a musician, you must practice your instrument.

    Yogis must practice yoga. Activists must take action. And politicians must practice statecraft and / or politics depending on the reputation they want to cultivate.

    Practice — long, disciplined, monotonous practice — makes perfect. It almost always defines who we are.

    What am I working to perfect?

    — I want to become a better gardener. I’ve considered myself one for the past 22 years. Thankfully, I still have much to learn.
    — I want to earn the title of photographer. Right now, I barely consider myself an amateur.
    — I am an advocate for economic justice. It is my vocation, which I have practiced for over 25 years and have done a pretty good job on most of the campaigns I’ve participated in.
    – Someday I want to re-earn the badge of yogi. I still practice a number of poses, but I can’t honestly call myself a practitioner these days.

  3. I’m perpetually working on my golf game, hoping to improve it. A friend (he knows a lot about how the brain works) told me I can make more 3-foot putts if I hit 50,000 between now and next spring. I believe it. 50 putts a day from now until May 1st.

  4. I think that we are more cognizant of joy that comes from non-routine moments because they stick out by their very nature. I find that you often realize the joy and the meaning that a routine gives you only when it’s taken away. Losing a routine can help you discern how it gave your life meaning. Recently, we lost our dog. Dogs represent routine, but also spontaneous moments of joy, but their need for routine is what gives our life meaning. When we come home, which we doevery day, we remember the simple task of going upstairs to let him out of his room and being greeted so joyously. This joy gave our lives meaning.

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