I don’t know why, but the other day, auto-pilot came to mind.

More often than not, the expression ‘being on auto-pilot’ resonates with me most when I am in the car. That is where I am often on auto-pilot. Sometimes, even though I know better, I stick to an old driving path. I will deliberately decide that I am taking a route, set out, and still end up on my old path. It has happened more than once and I end up following the many time traveled, trusted route, much to my displeasure.

Mary Kay will say, remember that we said we were going to Heinen’s. I will somehow manage to make a wrong turn as if I were not going to Heinen’s. I do this all the time.

I have found that my auto-pilot scenario does play out when I am working around the house or yard as well. I set out to do something different, but I fall back on the old ‘path’ or routine of things I do.

I am wondering if I am alone here or if others do that as well. I am guessing that the brain senses certain patterns and learns them. Then, unlearning them or varying from them is found to be difficult.

It is interesting that when you have a pattern for something, as I do for some routine thing like putting dishes in the dishwasher, that it is hard to vary from that path.

So lately, my stance has been to attempt to do things when there are in my proximity. So if I go downstairs for some reason, and see something that needs my attention, if I am not pressed for time, I do it then. That seems to be working for me of late, but sometimes auto-pilot gets in the way.

About Richard Koerner

Almost seventy something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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