My daughter Traci had been trying unsuccessfully for months to break my granddaughter, Jadyn, of her addiction to a pacifier. Traci used the pacifier to help Jadyn sleep. Without it there was no sleep for Jadyn or anyone within hearing range of her screams. Within seconds of getting the pacifier she was sound asleep.
This pacifier was the “Ambien” of toddler world.
One day I received a picture from Traci with the caption, “Now we have two addicts.” Our family dog, “Hootie” had acquired the pacifier habit. The whole affair turned out to be a miracle in disguise. Once “Hootie” got his lips on the thing, Jadyn decided to “pass” on the pacifier. The whole affair with Hootie made me think about a lot of adults, one I see in the mirror occasionally, who still hang on to pacifiers of their own.
Here are some lessons we can learn from Hootie.
- There are good habits and bad habits. Know the difference and choose your habits wisely.
- It takes much longer to break a habit then to make a habit. As Barney Fife used to say, “Nip it in the bud!”
- Kicking a bad habit is far less then painful than enduring the affects it can have on your life. Never give up the fight.
- Never use a pacifier after a dog has used it.
Every choice has consequences. Make good ones today and live to the fullest.[reminder]How have you dealt with habits in the past?[/reminder]