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SHORT ESSAY : Habit: Good servant but bad master
Thursday, 18 July 2013 05:19

Habit: Good servant but bad master

“Man’s life work is a master piece or a shame as each little habit has been perfectly or carelessly formed. A canvas painted by a Van Gangh fetches millions. One by a slob not even a hundred.”  – John Ruskin.

A habit is like a tree grown crouched. Once cannot go to orchard and take hold of a tree grown such and straighten it and say now get straight and make it obey him. When one is young, he can acquire good of bad habits. One starts doing certain act for the sake of pleasure, for the sake of fun and if he is doing that things, that particular act at regular or irregular intervals, he starts enjoying it and starts feeling the necessity of doing it again, at that particular time and it gradually takes a form of a habit.

Every chain smoker or a habitual drunkard never starts smoking or drinking as a habit. He simply begins with such act for the sake of company for the curiosity of taste, or for the sake of fun in the company of his friends or otherwise and he starts smoking or drinking alcohol, now and then and afterwards, he consumes it often, these now become his necessity and then the habit is formed. Habit is cultivated slowly and gradually. Habit is nothing but a slow and gradual intake of something, performing of some act, slowly and gradually, when becomes a necessity, is called a habit.

We can find many people, having unwarranted habit of utterance, while walking, habit of eye winking while talking, habit of strange gestures during conversation, using filthy or abusive language in friendly talks sand so on. We find people applying his hand at the nose, at the are, at the thin, or mobbing fingers or legs while thinking, talking in general. A strange thing about such people is that they were not aware to their actions in the beginning and at a later stage the habit is formed.

Some people have good habit of punctuality, accuracy, cleanliness and waking early in the morning. Habits are also inherited from the parents, surroundings, company. Generally the family environment plays important role in forming good or bad habit. Good habits are the foundation of success of many great men, and bat habits are the cause of the ruin of many great empires.

Gandhi Ji had a habit of rising early, doing his own work, keep cleanliness around him. Mr. Walter Scoot, the famous novelist of Scotland, who started as an ordinary clerk, attained the great heights of eminence by dint of his sheer diligence and habit of waking up by five O’clock and completing the task of the day upto ten O’clock. A well know thinker says, “The manner in which I do every small thing is of very great consequences, because it is just in these trifling things that I am forming my regular habits.”

It is the most simple thing in the world to drift down the stream into bad company, into the bar, just a little beer, just a little gambling, just little bad company, just a little killing of time, and just this or that gradually make you feel the need of it and the habit is formed.

W overlook the basis of habit. Every repetition of an act makes us more likely to perform that act and in the wonderful body mechanism, a tendency of perpetual repetition, this becomes a habit. “Habit” of any kind is not a better preposition. It may look odd to believe in the above statement, but here habit means you are bound to do the act, otherwise you feel too uneasy to survive. Habit of early rise and ‘Habit’ of early sleeping is termed as the best habits, but some time these best habits become a cause of tension. Habit of reading newspaper is also a good habit, but if due to some reason you couldn’t get the newspaper, you are in tension. Habit of getting fresh immediately after wake up is treated as the best way of starting a day, but if the toilet or lavatory is preoccupied, the habit becomes a cause of worry. A man who acquired habit of drinking milk before going to bed, may feel uneasy or sleepless if doesn’t get milk. “Habit” of going for a welkin the morning or evening are also termed as good habits, but if it couldn’t be possible due to any reason, you feel uneasy, these are some of the examples, of those ‘habits’ which are termed as good habits, said to be foundation of success, and prosperity, basis of good health and long life. Habit of any kind if becomes our master it is bad, if the habit is under our control, under our service, it will serve our good purpose.

People enjoy smoking, people enjoy drinking, but habit of smoking or drinking when becomes our master, we feel uneasy or wearisome, without smoking or drinking, it is felt bad. So rightly said, “Habit is a good servant but a bad master, “Don’t let the habits to control you, conquer you, keep them your ‘servants’ and enjoy their company”, is the secret of enjoying the life to the fullest extent.