So there I was, about to reach for the plug of the coffee maker, when I realized I had wet hands. I stopped.
My mother’s voice ran through my head.
“Do not EVER plug in or unplug appliances with wet hands. You will get electrocuted.”
This advice was passed along to me by my family along with other gems like “Don’t EVER water flowers on your period, they’ll die” and “Don’t pick pimples on your chin, you’ll make your brain bleed.”
I realized both were not true more recently than I care to admit.
So, there I was, staring at the plug. Wet hands and all.
My thoughts raced with all the intensity of one of those dramatic moments in the movies where a sweaty man in a darkened room is deciding between the blue wire and the red wire.
My mind screamed, “Dry your hands! You’ll die! You’ll get electrocuted!”
I wasn’t falling for it. I mean, obviously, I shouldn’t touch the metal part with my hands, wet or otherwise. But the cord? It’s insulated for a reason.
But still, there was the fear.
I knew, with some certainty, that nothing would happen. Yet the mere habit of doing something pointless for years had infused my mind with chaos and fear.
In slow motion that truly deserved swelling violins, I picked up the plug and shoved it in the socket.
So this was just another silly story I was telling myself. I felt relieved. Yet I also felt some nostalgia. I remembered when my silly habits were more numerous and some of them weren’t so silly.
I remember a time when my mind would scream even louder and when I felt I had no way out. I remember when all I felt I could do was follow the messages of fear.
And how many of us are keeping around these little silly habits? These little habits that are based on rumour, ungrounded in truth, and sit around emitting senseless fear. But we keep doing them to “keep the peace.”
The truth is—giving into the fear that keeps up silly little habits is actually a silly habit.
Do it enough and the next thing you know, you’re right back into your mental health crisis.
Personal and spiritual growth isn’t something that happens all at once in some big, grandiose spectacle. It happens one moment at a time, one breath at a time, one decision to break silly little habits at a time.
So, what about you? What silly little habit will you break the next time you get a chance? What tiny thing will you do to set yourself free?