Routine, done for long enough and done sincerely enough, becomes more than routine. It becomes ritual – it becomes sanctified and holy.*
There are two kinds of ritual; those that we develop from the inside-out and those that come to us from the outside-in.
The former provide us the greatest opportunities for developing the kind of routines and rituals that enlarge our worlds and those of others, to constantly stimulate the new.
Every day, I get up at the same time and move through the first moments of the day in the same way, arriving soon at my journal and pen and books and silence.
I am never lost even though the world can spin. Here the ideas are born that I take into my work with others.
A master is in control. A master has a system. A master turns the ordinary into the sacred.*
(*From Ryan Holiday’s Stillness is the Key.)