Quote On Habits:
And for today’s quote we have the words of a 17th-century poet, John Dryden
“We First Make Our Habits, Then Our Habits Make Us”
– John Dryden
– There is one definition we are aware of – what we think about ourselves.
– And there is the other which is about what we think of others’ perception about us.
– And there is a third one – what others actually think about us.
We all know that actions speak louder than words. 90% of the time, people don’t even listen to what we say. The focus is merely on what we do and how closely aligned we are with our words.
Well, as Vivekananda says – Any fool can be great someday. It takes a man of character to maintain his greatness through the activities he does every day.
I think we strongly undervalue what we do on a daily basis – it may be the discipline, the regular workout we do, the books we read, the way we talk to people, our voice, our cultures and traditions and so on – each one of which very strongly forms the very definition of who we are. Strangely true isn’t it – appearances are misleading!
We never get to know what a person truly is, all we get to know is a shadow – an apparition which they choose to show to the people and the way they decide to do that. If you really want to know a person, know him through his habits, his thoughts and the way he talks to people from whom there is no return. Most times it is honestly difficult to differentiate between character and reputation. Very often we are made to believe that reputation and character are one and the same, a person with good reputation must also be a person with good character.
No better lie was told I guess! I mean how can you know someone just because you have read about them in a newspaper or seen them in an interview. The real person is the one who is a little more than that. It is easy to appear great in an interview. It takes more than that to be a person who you are proud of.
Well! No matter what we say, we all are going to be careful about our reputation. Maybe cos it means a big deal to us and affects our social lives. We do pretend to a certain extent about our social lives and that takes care of reputation. But what we do, how we think, what we feel are based on those little things we do which don’t mean a lot in life but mean everything!
It is pretty easy to ignore the smaller things – probably cos no one is watching right?! The beauty is that you don’t have to answer about it to anyone else but yourself and that is going to make all the difference. If you want something out of life, then I guess John Dryden has a way, let those habits define you, you just take care of what habits you want to live with and what standards you want to live by. That is going to make all the difference!
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