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Fasten your seat belt!

Let me interrupt my blogging hiatus with this important public service announcement:
fasten your seat belt!

Today during my morning commute, the car in front of me hit another car and got flipped on its side. Luckily it was at low speed so it didn’t turn into a huge accident, but it could have been even less if the driver had used her seat belt.

Let me clarify: this woman was driving on the highway, in heavy traffic, and she was not wearing a seat belt. Not a smart idea!

In fact, she had stuck something into the buckle to fool the car so it wouldn’t beep while driving. I guess she rigged that up because she never wears a seat belt.

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How to build the habits you want

Habits are devious creatures, aren’t they? They live in our mind, feed off of our energy, and they breed. Good habits become stronger and make you better. This is good, obviously.

Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it. – Horace Mann

The problem is that bad habits also reinforce themselves, making us weaker. I’m sure we all have a bad habit or two. Yeah, “nobody is perfect” and all that. The good and the bad habits sit on either side of the scales, and we often try not to look whether the scale is tipping in our favor. But what if we could put a finger on the good side, gently tipping it to our advantage? We can do that!

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