Habits and Rituals


Like Comment

The other day my husband and I were talking about the magic of rituals, in a sense of organisations and institutions and habits we pick up but don’t know why. It reminded me of the story (I can’t remember the origin) of the lady whose husband asked her why she always cut the end off the joint of meat before putting it in the oven dish, “I don’t know” she said “it’s just what my mother always did” so she rang her mother and asked her, her mother replied “I don’t know, it’s just what my mother always did.” So she rang her grandmother and she said “Oh, it was because I didn’t have an oven tray big enough, so I had to trim the meat to fit the tray.” 

I was thinking about habits and change and how often we don’t notice it happening until after it has happened. 

Why do we do the things we do at this time of year?

What rituals and habits do you have?

It’s okay to change them if you want to.

We do things pretty differently to how I was brought up but we keep many of the traditions too. There aren’t really any rules at this time of year, habits are optional, rituals a choice.

There is no need for perfection, don’t forget to enjoy yourself at the expense of a sparkling floor or an ironed tablecloth. Put your feet up, it is supposed to be time to take a break and have a rest, so, where possible do that and ask others to help if you can. Have some fun.

Traditionally this time of year is a party, not a competition. Let your hair down if you can! 

Just because other people do things their way doesn’t mean you have to do it their way too. 

Maybe you can start your own traditions and fit the whole joint of meat (or vegan alternative) into your oven tray. 

My festive gift to you is one of my digital Happy Prints for free, no email required; no catch. 

Just take a look at the shop HERE. Choose the one you want and email sophie@theattentiveartist.com with your choice. Then I’ll send you the files before the end of the year and you can print them at home. They are all designed to inspire and uplift, whether it is a positive quote, a landscape or a minimal floral design. The point is to put it on the wall and let it make you feel positive and happy. 

Have a wonderful festive season,

Sophie X


Sophie Walker

Mindful Creativity Practitioner, Artist and Writer., Attentive Art

I'm an Artist who studied psychology and mindfulness to help myself overcome some of life's challenges. Now I help others to do the same using creativity and psychology. I believe creativity holds the key to the enjoyment of life and I want to help everyone to feel good about yourself and your life.