One Word Wednesday. The word this Wednesday is routine. Today is Thursday and I did not follow my routine. John Maxwell said, “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” I thought about my routine this morning, the alarm goes off and my husband hits the snooze and I sleep until the alarm goes off again. I then get up, turn on the coffee, take a shower, and then I have my quite time. At work, I am all about my routine, clock in, turn on the computer, review the patients, see the patients, chart about the patients, clock out for lunch, clock in from lunch, see more patients, chart, and go home.
Did you ever think about how an electric toothbrush adds to your routine? The toothbrush makes a noise when it is time to go to another quadrant in your mouth. Routines. Routines can make a person feel secure and sometimes when a routine is interrupted a person feels stress.
Two years ago after my father in law passed away, my husband and I moved in with his mom. His mom has a routine. Over the last two years, we have adapted to her routine. For example, every Thursday night we go to the same restaurant for fish. Saturday mornings is garage sales. My husband goes out side with her every night at 8:30 pm. Her routine is important because she is legally blind. Her health is failing and she now needs oxygen. Her routine has been interrupted and so things have been tense as she gets use to this change in her life.
My husband is great with his mom. He cares for her and shows her so much patience. His routine is based on her routine. Our lives changed two years ago. Some days I long for the old routine that my husband and I used to have when we had our own home. However, I know that God has us here because his mom needs a daily routine that provides her with the security she needs.
Moses said in Psalm 90: 13, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.” We may have our routines but God holds our futures in His hands. Blessings.