Creatures of Habit

One of the podcasts I listen to regularly is “Hidden Brain” hosted by Shankar Vendatam. It is a podcast that “explores the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and questions that lie at the heart of our complex and changing world.” The December 27th podcast is called “Creatures of Habit.” I listened to it again today. It’s premise is “At the beginning of the year, many of us make resolutions for the months to come. We resolve to work out more, to procrastinate less, or to save more money. Though some people stick with these aspirations, many of us fall short. This week, we revisit our 2019 conversation with psychologist Wendy Wood, who shares what researchers have found about how to build good habits — and break bad ones.” I think it fits well with my earlier post “Resolutions and Habits.” Enjoy

Resolutions and habits

In what has become a New Year’s Day “tradition”, I again offer this post for your consideration.

Unless you happen to be like my muse, Calvin, in the comic strip, I suspect you are about to make some New Year’s resolutions. How did you do on last year’s resolutions? About the same as the rest of us? One ad hominem wisdom saying defines “insanity” this way: to keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. Perhaps 2022 is a time to consider changing the way resolutions are considered, made, and hopefully, kept. Continue reading

Coming into the World

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman” (Gal 4:4).

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God a part of the Octave of Christmas. We continue to celebrate the birth of God into the World. The Word come into the world, fully God, fully human – not on the great rolling thunder clouds with the heavenly hosts at full strength. Rather, Christ came into our lives at the end of a very human process: conception to birth – i.e., When the fullness of time had come… Continue reading