Excellence Is A Habit

This is the 500th post to this blog. I sort of played around with it for a while, then got serious a couple of years ago. I appreciate all the comments either here or by email or Facebook or Twitter.

Rummaging around for a quote for Yoga class last night, I ran across this one from the Greek philosopher Aristotle:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”

You just need to keep doing the best you can and pretty soon that becomes a habit. Just like a morning routine. Or, like service.

In the U.S., we have stop lights at most intersections. To expedite traffic flow (well roundabouts are better, but we won’t go there), it is usually legal to turn right on a red light after stopping and checking for oncoming traffic.

I noticed some time ago that if the light is changing and I have space, I’ll move into the left lane if there is no one in the right. In that way someone behind me who wishes to turn right can do so without waiting for the light to cycle.

Someone else just wrote that they noticed someone else who does that. Out of habit. One little service to others.

So I wondered, do we make serving others a habit? Not necessarily one big annual go out and do something. But in several daily acts, repeated every day. In other words, is serving others an act? Or, a habit?

I think of all the times that Jesus served in little ways (well, for him little) even when it distracted him from what he was doing or where he was going. He stopped and served. It was a habit. Part of his life.

From these habits of service weaves a pattern of a Christ-like life.

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