YOU CAN TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS

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?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Janice Garrison says:

    I started praying about this just this week. My husband does so much around our place. If something needs maintenance around our house or some kind of work needs to be done, he is almost always able to do it himself, and he always does it well, I could even say he is a bit of a perfectionist. I have noticed though, that lately he seems to be “not quite himself” yet he shrugs it off if when I question him about it.

    So I have been praying that God will guide me to make sure that I am being the wife he desires me to be.

    My new habit has been to make sure I let my husband know how much I truly appreciate everything he does for me and for all of the work that he does and for being a man who loves God. Not just to say how much I love and appreciate him, but to show him by doing nice unexpected things for him. It’s been fun so far!

    We have been married almost thirty years and I want to make sure he knows he still “lights up my life”.

  2. TREY MORGAN says:

    Janice … awesome comment. I love your heart and your passion.

  3. Scott says:

    Trey,

    "Door opening" is a great habit to have. One I need to relearn. For the first 15 years of our 20 years of marriage I was in such a habit, then we purchased an SUV with automatic locks. That was my downfall. I became lazy. Thanks for reminding me of what I should already be doing.

  4. Stoogelover says:

    Been doing that for my wife since before we were married when my grandmother made us both get out of the car and come back to her front porch and "do it again" only this time with me opening the car door for Janice. It's rare when I don't … but I still forget on occasion. So 4+ decades from now you still may forget now and then.

    Word verification: mingle

  5. Karin says:

    I have a s-i-l who always waited at the door until my brother opened it for her. He learned quickly!

    Hubby used to open the car door for me when we finally got a car. Later, for many years we didn't practice that – it was quicker to get in on our own. I never had a problem with that. Hubby was a perfect gentleman in other areas. Now, after 43 yrs. of marriage I do the driving and pretty soon I'll be opening the door to get hubby seated first. Things change and that's ok.

    Love the first comment! We all, me included, need to do more of that in all our relationships!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I had not thought about this simple of a gesture could mean so much. I had opened doors in the past and mostly out of laziness and taking for granted the times I had done it before had earned me some kind of credit. So, I am working on it. I am getting better. I still forget.
    MM in Amarillo

  7. That Girl says:

    I need to get in the habit of cleaning the countertops in the kitchen! (It's just a few crumbs!)

  8. Peter P says:

    My wife would get too impatient waiting while I ran around the car to open the door.

    I'm having to learn to clean up after myself… but I'm DEFINITELY too old to learn that trick!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I have a tall truck and she will usually wait for me to help her in especially if she has on a dress like when we take the truck to church.

    My wife often gets her own door but not when we take the truck.

    (I take the truck as often as I can)

    Rob

  10. Carolyn V says:

    I always thought this was one of the sweetest gestures a man can do for a woman(especially when it's a car/truck door). I remember one time Moy and I were on our way to Amarillo, and we stopped at Clarendon to have breakfast. As we were leaving, an "older" couple was right in front of us. The older gentleman went around and opened the door for his lady, while Moy was making his way around to do the same for me, the older gentleman placed his hand on Moy's back and approached him and said, "Wow..it's good to see us gentlemen still around!" I thought it was very sweet of him to say that because it put a BIG smile on Moy's face. Needless to say, that's one of the LAST times Moy's had done that. :( But I'm glad to see there ARE still gentlemen around! :)

  11. Jen says:

    I think I am overwhelmed with the list of habits I would like to learn…praying more, eating healthy, exercising, cooking, appreciating my husband and kids…I have been working on the prayer, but the rest doesn't seem to be getting far. I guess I know what I need to pray about.

  12. Mikes Sumondong says:

    New habit to shut up.

    i'm such a talkative man.

  13. Donna G says:

    I would like to develop a habit of cooking….or hiring a cook (I like the second option better…just no money..)

  14. KingsKid777 says:

    That is very gentlemanly of you…

  15. Peggy Jane says:

    Honesty, I've never understood the big deal about a man opening a car door for a woman. I'm already there, and I can do it myself. I do like it when my husband remembers to unlock the door before I have to knock on the window to remind him. He's getting better about that.

    I'm working on eating less and moving more to prevent a health crisis that will force my family to take care of me.

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