In a popular Sesame Street™ song, Hoots the Owl advises Ernie that if he really wants to learn how to play the saxophone, he has to let go of his rubber duckie first. "You gotta put down the duckie, put down the duckie, put down the duckie if you want to play the saxophone!"

That simple and whimsical piece of advice applies also to health. Although there's a lot involved in getting and staying well, the first step is always to just get started. The Duckie represents our old habits—which have become habits because they're what make us comfortable. To move forward in life, we have to put down our Duckies—or lay aside our old habits. Ernie learns it's the first step for him, and it is as well for the rest of us.


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Put Down the Duckie
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