A friend of mine sent me a link to zen habits less than an hour ago and asked me if I read it. I said: “Yes, sporadically!”. Check it out, it’s quality.
I also told him that I had picked up an old habit again; it is some extra daily work but I know from experience that it will pay off in the long run.
What is this old habit? Food tracking, my friend.
I know that my diet isn’t bad, even though I still get shit from my friends for eating 6 pork cutlets a morning 5 years ago. Since I temporarily can’t lift because of an injury, I have not been going where I want to be going, fitnesswise.
If you are what you eat, it’s a good idea to track what you are.
If you vote with your money, it’s a good idea to track what you’re funding in this society.
If don’t want to be a brainlet, it’s a good idea to track and explore what you want to be digesting book-wise.
If you want to become more of a man and decrease PMO, it’s a good idea to track how long the streaks are against this soul-drenching habit.
If you want to stop indulging in lung-destroying tobacco or detrimental drinks, it’s a good idea to motivate yourself by looking at the amount of money you have saved not buying packs of cigarettes or bottles of alcohol.
We live in an information society that’s filled with fakeness. The paradox is that it takes information to reach realness.
…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.John 8:32
Maybe you keep a diary. You track what you did today. “Dear diary, today I binge Netflixed for hours and after that I watched a video named ‘Black Slut Covered with Cum’, wasted my valuable life fluid in an old sock and as a consequence I did nothing for the rest of the afternoon.”
I assume you keep an agenda. You track what appointments and responsibilities you have in the upcoming day, week, month, or even year. “Appointment with Mickey at Starcucks next Saturday. Going to indulge in two sugary coffees for an amount of money that will take me 60 minutes of my life to earn.”
Maybe you even have a Fitbit! Good for you! You track how active you are over the course of the week. “Hello Fitbit user, you have been sitting in your cubicle for 8 hours and drank 4 cups of coffee. You drove a car to and from work and you go from sedentary position to sedentary position. Sitting in a car. Sitting behind a screen. Sitting on the couch. Lying in bed. Do you even lift, bro?”
It takes knowledge of self to improve the self.
Why, then, not track where your hard-earned money is going?
Why, then, not track what goes into your mouth?
Why, then, not track how long you’ve been fighting addictions?
Tracking your lifestyle and deciding to improve will come with hurdles. It’s not supposed to go perfect from the get-go. Sometimes, especially in the beginning you just give in and stop giving a fuck.
But if you’re not at least striving for perfection, enlightenment, or being worthy to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, then what are you striving for? Mediocrity? No, thanks.
Until the next time.