There’s this guy who had been lost and walking in the desert for about two weeks. One hot day, he sees the home of a missionary. Tired and weak, he
crawls up to the house and collapses on the doorsteps. The missionary finds him and nurses him back to health.

Feeling better, the man asks the missionary for directions to the nearest town. On his way out of the backdoor, he sees his horse. He goes back into the house and asks the missionary, Could I borrow your horse and give it back when I reach the town?

The missionary says, Sure but there is a special thing about this horse. You have to say, THANK GOD, to make it to go and AMEN to make it stop. Not paying much attention, the man says, Sure, ok.

So he gets on the horse and says, THANK GOD, and the horse stars walking. Then he says, THANK GOD, and the horse starts trotting. Feeling brave,
the man says, THANK GOD, THANK GOD, THANK GOD, THANK GOD, THANK GOD and the horse just takes off.

Pretty soon he sees this cliff coming up and he’s doing everything he can to make the horse stop. Whoa, stop, hold on! Finally he remembers, AMEN! The horse stops 4 inches from the cliff. Then the man leans back in the saddle and says, THANK GOD.

We are all creatures of habit. There are good habits and bad habits. It is difficult to break habits. If we remove the first letter from Habit, ABIT remains. If we remove A from that, BIT remains. If we remove B from that, IT still remains.

It is said that bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of. It is the bad habits that will destroy us; our good habits will save us. If we want to take control of our life, take control of our habits.

The secret of success is having routine of doing certain things to achieve our goal.

Fr. Joseph Dovari