Anne Lamott wrote a book, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair. Maria Popova while reviewing the book gave a deliberate account of the difference between routine and ritual:
…while routine aims to make the chaos of everyday life more containable and controllable, ritual aims to imbue the mundane with an element of the magical. The structure of routine comforts us, and the specialness of ritual vitalizes us…
Anne Lamott makes the case that routines are essential with their repetition and structure to give room for the ritual, and magical.
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