Today I am going to write about why we do what we do and all of the headings above contribute to why we do the things we do. Lets start with Feelings, there are a number of different kinds, here are a few examples, The feeling of loneliness, dissatisfaction, lacking feeling, then there is the physical feelings ie;- That lost feeling in in your toes when cold or that strange feeling in your stomach or that tingling feeling when you bang your funny bone in your elbow Then there is the feeling of pride and satisfaction when you are praised or you feel that you have done something good or worthwhile.
So when you say “ I am feeling angry, sad, happy” in my opinion you are interpreting how your body feels at that moment in time. At this moment in time I am writing this and I am feeling apprehensive and possibly a little fear as to how this will be received.
Lets now move on to Habits, Habits are as quoted in the dictionary, “something that we do often and regularly, sometimes without realising that we are doing it.” Once again there are different kinds of habits we all have them whether they be good or bad. Habit is an established custom for example “we always go shopping on a Saturday”. It may even be psychological where we have a certain pattern of behaviour that we use in response to certain situations that we may have inherited or acquired through frequent repetition. I myself have just started a business and am trying to get in to the habit of doing certain tasks on a daily basis, and as I am a “creature of habit” it is quite a challenge.
Next is impulse, The meaning of Impulse can be stimulus in the mind arising from the influence of a particular feeling or mental state, etc:- to act under a generous impulse or to strike out at someone from a negative/angry impulse. It can also be a sudden desire, whim or an inclination, my wife often has a “sudden desire” or a “whim” especially when in town with my daughter and often results in a new pair of shoes or clothing. An impulse is something that causes and encourages a response such as encouragement, impetus, stimulation and motivation.
Last but certainly not least is thoughts, we could write forever about thoughts but this is something that we do constantly throughout the day as we deliberate we consider we reflect and we come to a conclusion these are but a few of the things we think about, but all four – feelings, Habits, Impulses and Thoughts are why we all do what we do.
Whilst writing this I have used all four but an hour or so ago I had a sudden urge to act as I had just lost all the work I had been doing for the last hour but it has taught me a valuable lesson and that is that I should get in to the Habit of saving my work on a regular basis.