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I love my home office, I just do, it’s like those old school “studies” people used to have on TV. My home office has all my favorite stuff in it, a ton of books, computers, gadgets, a huge desk, a calendar, books, pens, pens and more pens. Did I mention pens?
I love my study, but my chair is horrible.
I bought this chair at a garage sale for $5.00 five years ago, it was bad then and it’s worst now. This chair has no back support, it’s broken into, all the padding is completely gone.
The chair first started to break down about a year ago, but being the Mr. Fix It that I am, I re-wired it, taped it, painted it, prayed over it, called the church elders to anoint it with oil, in hopes that it would get better, but nothing.
When I sit in this chair, it literally sinks all the way to the ground, at this point it’s more like a hammock than a chair. After sitting at my desk for more than a few minutes, I get up hunched over, ready for a full body massage, it’s horrible but I still used it for years.
So guess what? Over the weekend I finally got a NEW chair and now I’m in HEAVEN! This chair is amazing.
It has crazy back support, neck support, arm support and even orders pizza. My new chair has levers, slides effortlessly in and out of my desk, it adjusts and has more knobs and buttons than my iPad, iPhone and computer combined. My new chair is so comfortable that the first time I sat in it, I literally took a nap.
But for months, literally years, I suffered in my old chair and I don’t know why. Maybe I was lazy, maybe I was cheap, I’m not really sure why but I have a hunch. The reason I sat in my old broken chair for as long as I did is because of OLD HABITS.
Old habits that say:
it’s okay, it’s not that bad, MY back doesn’t hurt that much, I can suffer one more time, it’ll get better
Old habits say:
MY pain and discomfort is collateral damage, don’t complaint, you’ll be okay, just hang in there one more month, one more year, one more life [and the pain never ends]
There’s no victory in keeping old habits around, there’s no prize, no pizza, there’s no reward for living in old patterns that hurt your soul, that hurt your vision, that kill your dreams (and your back).
They say old habits die hard
I say old habits kill your soul
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Does anybody know what I’m talking about!
LOVE YOURSELF. Be aware of your pain, stop being a hero, a martyr, living in fear of the unknown. Don’t let your fear, anxiety or depression keep you from being the best version of yourself. LOVE YOURSELF, stop living in the PAST.
So my QUESTIONS FOR YOU TODAY are simple:
#1 What OLD HABITS are you hanging onto and why?
#2 What is your old chair?
#3 What is your new chair?
#4 What does it mean to get a new chair?
One day, you’ll be on the other side of your current situation, unemployment, loss, grief, stress at work, relationship problems. And when you get to your destination you know what you’ll realize? That all it took was to simply get rid of the old chair and getting a new one.
My prayer for you today is that you will know that God loves you, He’s with you, moving you forward into the unknown.
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