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Any number or variety of things can combine and mingle into a single day and deride us from healthy, positive, productive thinking, behaviors and habits. Note for a moment how much easier it is to lose a good habit than it is to create one in the first place. 


A commitment to work out everyday only needs one break in the streak to start a trend that can add up.


Such good habits are fragile, even after long implementation, and a tiny coalescence of negative incidents can have a huge impact.


A project flops.


An angry bitter message comes our way.


A misunderstanding balloons far beyond it’s meaning.



In the same way that good habits can be compounded for an effect that is greater than the sum of their parts, so too with the negative that life can throw our way.  Three unfortunate events on the same day seem to have a compounding effect.  Whereas one negative incident might be cooly swallowed by our wake, two is like hitting an iceberg and three is like sailing off the edge of the planet.


Sometimes we still have to go to work, and we simply go through the motions.  But do we forget our good habits?  The daily commitment to write or work out or meditate? 


Best to do the same and just go through the motions.  Even if the writing is terrible and the workout is sloppy and the meditation feels like a waste of time, tomorrow is a new day, with a much higher probability for a better outlook.  And if we’ve simply gone through the motions, it’ll be a gift to tomorrow’s outlook, and we’ll be that much more likely to keep on track, no matter how far we seemed to drift.


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