BY ROBYN BAILEY Regional Youth Ministry Coordinator
I’ve never admitted this out loud before but, I used to have extremely bad and unhealthy habits. For breakfast, I would drink a bottle of soft drink and have a cookie when I got to school. Sometimes I’d go weeks on end without brushing or washing my hair. And, I would almost never make my bed – which drove my parents nuts! People would often say something to me about these decisions but I would just get angry. I never said I was proud of these decisions. Quite frankly, I love my parents for having patience and not shaving off my hair during these times!
One of the first things I heard when self-isolation became a necessity was: form a routine and create healthy habits. Instead of proclaiming to the world, “It’s my life, and I’ll live how I want to,” the first action I did was make my bed. Was it because I could hear my father’s thundering voice down the hallway telling me to do so? Partially, yeah. However, it was more than that. Making my bed allowed me to take responsibility for my actions. That responsibility started a change in my everyday life even if I felt disappointed or worried. For me, I decided that I was going to form healthy habits slowly and steadily.
There is so much more to do in isolation then Tik Tok and cookies. We were made for more and now we have the ability to go beyond our comfort zone! Now is the time to unleash your creativity, learn a new skill or practice on building a habit that you wish to form. My advice: think big and start small.
We are all guilty of losing sight of our goals, even if it was only temporary. We may start with high amounts of motivation, and this may eventually fade. This is where we need to start small. A suggestion that might help you is from BJ Fogg, a Director at Stanford University. He suggests that habits rely on triggers rather than motivation. The formula looks like this:
After ___, I will ____.
Many examples include:
After I wake up, I will make my bed.
After I drink my morning coffee, I will brush my teeth.
After cleaning up from dinner, I will knit one row of my project.
After I turn my light off at night in bed, I will tell God one thing I am grateful for.
It’s easy to set a goal. The real test is undertaking the steps to achieve it, and make a habit of it. Over time, even small habits will have a big impact on our lives. While social distancing and isolation is hard for all of us, we’re able to utilise the time to transform how we live. How can you create and enrich positive changes in your life?
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.