Who Am I?

Today I want to share a “poem” that I read a few years back that really rings true to me.

I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed – you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great individuals and, alas, of all failures, as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I?

I am Habit.

Were you able to guess “who am I?” before you read the answer at the end? Do you agree with the description, the power of habit? What are some habits that have been your greatest helpers? What are some habits that have been your heaviest burdens? Did you purposefully build either (the helpers or the burdens), or did they just “happen”? Please share in the comments below.

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2 Responses to Who Am I?

  1. Makesi says:

    I completely agree with this description. The words of this poem are like a warning to me to ‘take heed how I build’. If I don’t deliberately build positive habits, the wrong type will be built.

    My heaviest burden is by far procrastination…not an intentionally developed habit. It actually seems to be quite cultural in TT and I’m still working of eliminating it.

    My greatest helper is probably order. I like to see things in their proper place (not OCD levels though). Not too sure how this was developed, but it was definitely during my latter years at secondary school.

    • Diane says:

      I agree with your comments, Makesi. If we don’t build some “helpers” on purpose, then the “burdens” will definitely be built by default. Sounds like you have given it some thought. They say identifying the habit you need to change is more than half the work. So go for it!

I love to read your comments!