Sometimes, as I begin to expound upon some important topic, I feel an over-whelming sense of familiarity. Have I already given my personal chapter & verse on this issue? Haven't I already poured out my heart?
Anyone who has tried to change a habit can tell you, it takes more than 1 day, more than 1 try, to make a difference in a life. And what is any moment of life but an attempt, a practice, of new habits? Whether we're changing patterns or perceptions or preferential attitudes, it's the repetition & the practice which perfects it.
Just like a habit desirous of change, a thought process is a repetitious thing. Whether you're establishing your faith or learning a dance step, you find yourself thinking the same thought, or contemplating the same issue, again and again until you're quite clear in your mind. It's not a sudden process -- although one day you'll suddenly realize you no longer have the issue -- it's a practice.
And so, when I think I am repeating a thought process, or a protest, or a declaration of faith or perspective, I go ahead and write it out anyway. Because practice, repetition, refinement, is the way to know what really works for me. The way to know what I really think. To way to scrape off the top layer of thought and dig down to the next level of the issue.
Ruminate, rinse, and repeat.
I hope you have a great day!