Coffee Brews Thoughts.....and Changes

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I was struck with the thought hammer this morning and boy, did that hurt.

It happened as I was pouring a cup of coffee. It suddenly struck me that I have been doing this exact thing just about every morning for almost 30 years. I suddenly realized how odd this is -- it's something I engage in merely out of habit, because to be perfectly honest, I don't even like coffee that much. Amazing, huh? So that got me to thinking about other mundane things I do just out of habit. Of course, some of those things are quite necessary, like showering every morning and brushing my teeth. But others, like coffee drinking, only serve to highlight the mediocrity of day-to-day life.

Well, naturally one thought leads to another and what mine lead me to was this: My unhealthy eating habits are a result of falling into a rut, doing the same things over and over simply because it's what I've always done. I've accepted mediocrity -- and that is unacceptable.

I want to live more than a mundane life. I don't want to drown in the mediocrity of only living to earn a living, pay bills, and drink a beverage every day I'm not even particularly fond of. I don't want to settle for mediocrity in life or in dieting. Living life on purpose will require significant changes. So my mission, and I choose to accept it, is to find the key -- the key that turns mediocrity into extraordinary; ho-hum into ooh yeah; and twinkies into broccoli [that's quite some key, huh?!]

All I can say is look out world, JoJo's got her thinking cap on.

To be continued.......

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    Great blog!!
    3725 days ago
    I used to drink coffee every morning too, now I just do it when I'm sleepy. The Coffeemate light creamer isn't too bad. I can't imagine drinking it black. I'm not quite that hardcore yet. Nice blog as usual. It made me take a moment to think about the things I do out of habit.
    3731 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the enlightening moment. All so very true, we must dig deep within to find the uuumph to go out and make something extraordinary happen in our lives--I have just begun a "bucket list". Achieving my goals here at Spark is giving me the confidence I need to get things done in my life! It is short you know and we are responsible for our own happiness.

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    3731 days ago
    I'm staying tuned...
    3731 days ago
    Its hard to imagine all the things we do on a day to day basis that are so incredibly routine and BORING!! Yes, Jo...time for all of us to kick it up a notch - (after all, gettin hit on the head by Mario with a hammer has GOTTA hurt like heck lol) - life is entirely too short to live on auto pilot and be robotic. Have some fun - go skinny dipping - lol - something different that you'd surprise yourself for doing....You are once again, soooo right. Love how you speak the truth!

    Thanks for your well wishes on my Yosemite trip and Half Dome hike. I pray I can make it to the top! (wow, sounds great, huh)...pls say a quick lil one for me for a safe trip. Can't wait to share pics and memories with you all!

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    3731 days ago
    I know how you feel, but you're already extraordinary in my book!
    3731 days ago
    LOL -- I'm ready to cast off the shackles of mediocrity too. Can't wait to see what you come up with. emoticon
    3731 days ago
    Great blog! Life is too short to settle for less than extraordinary. Spark on Jojo...Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    3731 days ago
    Amazing how the insights can hit you out of the blue, or in the coffee, so to speak! I decided a couple of years ago that I don't actually like the taste of coffee much myself; but I love the aroma of the strong French coffee my husbands brews every morning, the ritual of drinking it with my large swirl of milk (a spot of cream if I'm feeling indulgent) and some sugar. Mmm, lovely!! Sweet and milky, coffee is pretty dang good!

    And I did try to give it up. That only lasted a couple of days: the green tea just didn't do it for me. Didn't have the right smell, the right mouth feel, the right feeling of satisfaction while drinking...

    But I can relate to the mediocrity thing...time to shake things up!!
    3732 days ago
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    Spark On, interesting revelation.
    3732 days ago
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    I feel like for the last few years I've been waiting for my life to go from just OK to simply amazing. I keep thinking that if such and such happens then things will be better. But I'm finally realizing that is not the case. I now know that if I want something I need to go after it and stop waiting for the magic fix. So this year I made an ambitious to do list with 3 things on it (1. Lose weight and get my confidence back 2. Find a job that makes me happy 3. finish my masters thesis). So far I've only worked on number 2 but I need to put the others in gear too. I don't know that when I finish completing these task my life will feel extraordinarily different, but at least it will give me the confidence to know that I wanted to make a change and indeed I DID make the change. Thanks for posting, Jo.
    3732 days ago
    Oooh! I'll be anxiously awaiting the next installment, JoJo! Your graphics are always so unique, and today they're downright hilarious! I could really use that thinking cap :) But you won't be abandoning that crucial cup or two of morning java, will you? I've given up bread, rice, and white potatoes, but I VERY much doubt I could renounce my decades-old habit of brewing up my three cups of A.M. coffee ... emoticon Keep us posted! - Sandi emoticon
    3732 days ago
    I think we all fall into a rut at one time or another. Lately I have made an effort to try something new. Everytime I do it seems to work out pretty well. I signed up for a Zumba class and I love it. I've met some nice people. I'm thinking about taking the instructor course when I get a chance. It sparked a whole bunch of new ideas for activities to do at school with my students. I tried a new multi grain bread and it has inspired me to shake up my food choices. I tend to eat the same things all the time. It's not that I'm not an adventurous eater I'm just lazy! So anyway... my point is that your point is well taken. Even small changes in our daily routine can have unexpected benefits. You've inspired me to examine my daily activities and determine what needs to go and what exciting new activity can take it's place. Thanks Jo. emoticon
    3732 days ago
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    great job Hugs
    3732 days ago
    Good awakening -- see the last cup of coffee was a revelation -- aren't you glad??? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3732 days ago
    Wow! What a strangely simple yet powerful insight. It makes me start thinking about what I do out of habit that does not add to my life. Thanks for sharing!
    3732 days ago
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