On habit and hallowed ground.
Agree! The best way to learn more about the impact of habits is to look backward and see the slope of the change. Sometimes it looks pretty dramatic - other times, you might still be doing something and don't remember why you started.
I used to do the morning pages thing (three pages a day). Did it for a few years. Had like 16 notebooks full of nonsense. I did it each day because I knew if I missed one day I would stop. One day I purposefully decided to skip. It was terrifying. But the next day it felt amazing. Ahem. Not saying you should stop your survey, Benn. But, if you did, I can promise you'll enjoy a very bizarre and wonderful relief
Sir, this is a Wendy's.
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But seriously, this was not what I would've expected from a Stancil Substack, and it's really touching. Well done!
Seth Godin, as usual, said it best: treat your past as gift to your future self, which you are free to refuse if it no longer fits who you are becoming.