I’ve never been a big fan of the old old phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” It’s always seemed like such a poor excuse to change a habit, but I will admit that old habits are hard to break and new habits are even harder to learn. Whether it’s eating healthy, starting an exercise program or reading your bible daily, I’d have to agree that it’s never easy beginning a new “good” habit.
About three months ago I decided that I wanted to start a new habit. I made it my goal to start opening the car door for Lea. The only time I’d ever done it before was occasionally on a date when she reminded me. Three months into the new habit and I’m still struggling a little. I’m currently remembering about 60% of the time to go around and open her door first. Thankfully, I’m noticing that I’m getting better at remembering, and I believe that if I’ll keep it up, I’ll slowly come around. I hope that over time it will become such a habit that I’ll remember to catch her car door first every time. I know that change and building a good habit doesn’t happen over night. It’s going to take practice on my end.
The old phrase says, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” so aren’t you glad we’re not old dogs?
What new habit would you like to learn?