We humans are indeed creatures of habit

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We enjoy taking our walks along our local trails. The Betterhalf and I receive the additional enjoyment being away from the home-lined concrete streets and out where we can spot a few turkeys, occasional deer, eagles and other beauties of nature. We also become amused just how all of these creatures are what we have come to be termed, “creatures of habits”
What a minute! If we think nature’s wildlife as creatures of habit, just how do we judge ourselves?
Talk about “habits” the human race must top the list. We can look at our own personal schedules and lifestyles to easily reach that conclusion.
Get up early every morning. Strive to go to bed at the same time every night. Take coffee breaks in the morning and afternoons. Read the morning paper daily after the carrier arrives and do the crossword puzzle right after lunch. Check for mail in mid-afternoon. Leave home early Tuesday afternoons to the News-Register to pick my ANR paper.  Watch evening TV national and local newscasts.
The Betterhalf does laundry on Mondays and housecleans on Thursdays. She grocery shops on Wednesdays (Bananas are on special that day and my breakfast for years has consisted of a banana, bowl of oatmeal and toast). Serve big home-cooked dinner daily at noon and light meal for 6:30 p.m. suppertime. Begin the week attending church service on Sunday morning.
In addition, humans spend certain hours volunteering regular times to organizations, clubs and groups as well as commitments to their church.
This list could continue showing animals and man are both creatures of habit. However Voltaire (1694-1778) gave these advantages over man: “Animals never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.”
It’s been reported economists are people who work with numbers but who don’t have the personality to be accountants.
What to do in case of an emergency: 1. Pick up your hat, 2. Grab your coat, 3. Leave your worries on the doorstep and 4. Direct your feet to the sunny side of the street.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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