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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Get Out of Your Rut

Back when I used to drive in the States, I was always trying to find alternate ways to get to the same place.

Now that I rely on public transportation in China, I still try to take a different bus route now and then, and I get giddy with happiness when a cab driver reveals a new way to get to an old place.

Sure, I'm a creature of habit, just like most people. But I have chosen to live out my mundane existence in a strange land, where even the familiar is weird.

It makes me feel alive.

Have you ever tried to visualize the words "the rat race"? This isn't a bunch of rats running across a meadow; it's rats in a maze, or on a wheel.

Who wants to be a rat?

So here's a little challenge for you: Think of something that you do day after day, and...do it differently.

Butter your bread with a fork.

Dry off after your shower with paper towels.

Order a different drink at Starbucks.

Shave with the razor going up instead of down.

Write with your opposite hand.

Put a lemon slice in your water.

Turn your monitor upside down.

Let him/her drive.

Don't answer the phone.

Or just do as I do and take the long way home.

You'll be happier.

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