The Comfort of Routine

As eventful as the holidays are and as much as we look forward to them, by the time the middle of January rolls around we gladly welcome and embrace the comfort of our usual daily activities that form part of our life’s routine. We like, need and even start to crave routine when we don’t have it. This is because we gain comfort in the familiar. The usual goings-on provide us with a sense of grounding. The rhythm of predictability gives us the feeling of order and makes us feel in control. There is, however, a tipping point associated with routine. As time goes on, day after day the predictability starts to become monotonous and boring.  There comes a point when it no longer provides us any comfort and we need a break from our routine. Routine, like many other...

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Traditions

            Every month is marked by a longstanding customary tradition that owns and defines the month. Retailers rally round and don’t miss the early opportunity to remind us to pay attention and get ready to conform to the norm of traditions defined by our society. From the beginning of January through to the end of December we are reminded when and what to do, according to traditional flare. Just like each month is marked with a signature tradition each season also has routines of passage. Growing up in an Italian family I am no stranger to traditions. he summer was (and still is) tomato season, followed by the fall wine pressing, spring Easter bread baking and then winter salami making. Each season has its’ own focus for our...

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