Today I randomly listen to a podcast called "Our daily bread podcast" on Spotify. It's as if reading daily bread that I received last time in school/church, only in podcast form. The speaker talked about how to find joy in our every day mundane habitual activities, he also referred to a blog by James Ward called "I like boring things".
I read a few of the blog posts. Totally random everyday things, the last post called Loop was written May 2019, talking about when the author taking a walk, which reminded me about the walk I did recently.
Since working from home, for nearly 2 years, that means my physical activities has greatly reduced, and I realized a lot of health problems
arises. For some people, the things I experienced might be a small thing, but I believe it's a reminder that there might be issues that can be bigger if it's not handled properly. I went for a health check and doctor also suggest to go for 30 mins exercise every day.
So to start, I went for a walk in the morning in botanic garden, halfway then return back to the starting point, 30 mins walk from the start to the end. I feel more refreshed as a result. Although it's hard at first, I'm getting use to this, after few more times, it becomes boring, as I took mostly the same route every time. Basically I want to incorporate this as a habit, so I will not think much about it, and just do it.
Every time I'm doing something for the first time, there's a joy/excitement in doing new things at first, and a lot of things to discover.
The example that I experienced is, I want to be better at French. I listened to a lot of French language learnings podcast, more than 30 mins every day, but soon I would loose interest in it.
I feel if I can set up a habit of the things that I want to achieve, and be consistent with it, I would achieve what I want. Of course I'm aware that habit is not something that is built overnight, so, I'm trying, and I think the key is to find joy in the meaningless. Find what makes you happy in doing these things, and it won't be chores to do, but habits, good habits to have.