This upcoming month there is a Very Unusual Event occurring. Namely, starting the evening of the 1st of July through the 31st, I will be in Seattle. At home. It’s the only month in this year – past or future – that I will not be traveling for a significant distance.
A Special Opportunity
Aside from looking forward to the ability to continue to plant roots in my new hometown, this presents a chance to create a little personal laboratory. Popular theory has it that it takes 21 days of practice, give or take, to set a new habit in place. I’ve got a whopping 31! I can not only set a habit, but I can reinforce it with an extra week!
I’m not going to make the mistake of trying to do a whole bunch of habits at once – I’ve read too many Zen Habits and know better. But…I do have the time, the space, the chance for one. Room to cultivate a practice for myself.
But here’s where it gets interesting: what habit should I cultivate?
If you’ve been reading this blog, you know my methods. You know some of my foibles and such. Or maybe you just have some idea of some particular practice you think would be interesting to hear about during the month of July.
- It can’t be very expensive (no memberships to clubs, gyms, or investment in equipment or the like).
- It can’t be obviously bad for me (I’m not taking up smoking, for example)
- It has to be doable within the city limits of Seattle (both pragmatically and theoretically)
On my end, I will pledge to write about the experience, let you know if it’s hard to put in place, what benefits or drawbacks I find from it.
There you are, dear readers. It can be mental, physical, heck, even, emotional (scary!). Put your suggestion in the comments, I’ll vet them based on both feasibility and popularity (so if you see one you like, speak up!) and we’ll see what happens.