next closest thing to God

next closest thing to God

I am an individual who has little interaction with other people. When someone more experienced in working with people says something that strikes me as true, I pay attention.

“I have learned that we are creatures of habit,” saith Russ Hill in Confessions of a Mormon Bishop. (

I know the obvious response to this is “Duh,” but I didn’t say that. I said, “Hmm.” It reminded me of Scott Varner saying about someone, “He’ll never change,” and then realizing the import of what he’d just said.

He. Will. Never. Change.

That explained a lot. Made life easier. If you accept that your wishing will never change someone, your life will be a lot easier.

I am a creature of habit, but also I can change myself. I can make new habits. I can even break old ones. Again, this sounds like a “Duh” sort of thing to say, but I’m changing right now as I type this. Something inside is shifting around and saying, “Starting today, right now, I can go exercise.”

“Exercise?” you say. “I thought it was going to be something truly amazing.” But little things mean a lot. A one-degree course change…, you know?

So, I’m going to go exercise right now. Today it’ll be easy. Tomorrow and every single, solitary day hereafter, it will be hard.

But I can change. And I can do hard stuff. And that’s what really matters.

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