Today’s reflection is a bit different. I’m still reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey, and Covey’s definition of habit has me still processing.
Covey defines “habit as the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire,” where knowledge is knowing what to do, skill is knowing how to do it, and desire is wanting to do it.
My reflection on this definition manifested as a poem. I’m sharing the beginning of that poem here (suggestion: say it out loud).
"Habit of Positivity" - a work in progress
A habit of positivity is more than a way of thinking.
It's a way of being—a way of seeing
the world in shades of possibilities
of knowing your worth, your trade, & boss-abilities.
Habit is where knowledge, skill, & desire
When you build a habit of positivity,
pause and reflect, for
you must know what positivity is,
and what it is not.
Positivity is not toxic.
It's not a robot.
It's not a gimmicky frown turned upside down,
a "look on the bright side" platitude
to fix that attitude or combat a mood.
Real positivity honors what you feel;
it doesn't steal the time you need to heal—
it deals, then shifts your gaze forward,
forward toward hope.
Even when you hope less,
it teaches you to cope.
More on habit and positivity later.