I go to the gym three mornings a week. I treadmill, bike, use machines for my arms, sit ups, and stretching. I am determined to keep my body strong and healthy.
I went to San Francisco with some friends one night. We parked the car and had to walk up (truly up) two blocks. I did so and stopped at the first corner for a red light. I realized my friends were not with me. They were halfway down the block. I waited and we all began the second block. Same experience: I arrived at the light and they were far behind me. I waited and we entered the hotel we were going to.
Later, a friend who knows us all, came up to me and said, “So I hear you were the only one who could walk here easily. I guess exercise had paid off.” Clearly my friends had said something to her. It caught my attention. I had truly not struggled at all walking up those streets.
Back to the gym.
We all have rituals in our lives. It requires less thinking. When I wake up I use the bathroom and brush my teeth. The same before I go to bed. It takes a while to develop a pattern that becomes a fixed part of our lives.
We moved to California during the drought. I learned how to reduce the amount of water we used. When guests came for dinner, whatever water remained in their glasses or the pitcher was poured over the lawn. We also had a large bucket in the shower and water was collected that was also poured on the lawn. This was called gray water as it had soap in it. These acts enabled us to sprinkle no more than twice a week (city law) and maintain a green lawn.
We flushed toilets less, showered less, turned faucets off when not needing the water to run, washed larger loads of laundry, did not wash our cars.
California noted that the amount of water consumed dropped dramatically as they educated the public about ways to participate in using less water.
There are many changes that occurred. Our water lifestyle changed.
Yesterday it was revealed that the North Bay, which includes the area of San Francisco and cities around it, is no longer experiencing a drought.
I choose not to focus on changing my water pattern. It is a precious commodity and I like these habits.
Humans are intriguing in their patterns and potential to change. Think about it.