According to the oxford dictionary, a habit is “ something that you do often and almost without thinking- something hard to stop”.
Habits can be good or bad. Good habits include getting up on time, eating regular meals , excercising daily, sticking to timings etc.. While smoking, drinking , drug addiction etc can be classified under dangerous bad habits, picking one`s nose in public, constantly biting the finger nails , going late for any meeting etc can come under not so dangerous but all the same irritable bad habits. All of us , without fail, have some habits which we find difficult to get out of. However, good habits can help you lead a more disciplined life. Because discipline is defined as the practice of training your mind and body so that you control your actions and obey rules.
All my life I have been a `Foodie` but not a `Fruity` resulting in my developing a prosperous `madhya pradesh ` as some would call it. Except banana in all seasons and mangoes in Seasons I never liked any other fruits. However old age and growing health issues have forced me to change my food habits . I was advised to include `papaya` in my changed daily diet. Papaya is a fruit I hated all my life. However I am a guy who takes good advice seriously. So I decided to include a small bowl of Papaya as a part of my daily breakfast. Though I started as a reluctant consumer of papaya, today after two years it has become a habit- a part of my daily discipline . If I don`t have papaya on any day I feel miserable. As miserable as I would feel if I didn`t have my morning cuppa coffee, my daily newspaper or my morning walks.
Again for a long time I have been wanting to go on a fast at least once a week. I chose Monday as my fasting day. The kind of fast which allows me to consume light meals. I decided on a diet of only soups and salads- both fruits & vegetables. No rice, no wheat & no cereals of any kind. Not having solid food meant that I was feeling hungry every three hours. So I had to plan my `Fasting menu` meticulously to ensure that I have something to eat every three hours.
After successfully implementing my decision for five consecutive weeks, I was faced with a challenge on the sixth Monday. I was attending a wedding where the hosts insisted that I cannot leave without having the wedding feast. Temptation led me to join the guests at the dining table. While awaiting the service to start an idea flashed in my mind. When the servers started the service I ensured that only vegetable items were served on my `banana leaf` and prevented being served any rice, chapathys or other solid items. In addition to the vegetables I had a cup of rasam and payasam. It was quite a satisfying meal. I got up from the table `burping` & beaming with pride that I had passed the acid test with flying colours! Since then I have had no problem of maintaining my habit of fasting on Mondays.