For those of you who don’t live here in Ireland it may be hard to understand the effect of a sun shiney day on us.
It’s March and we’ve had a lot of grey, wet and windy days. Last weekend saw people in St Patrick’s day parades shivering and soaked as the hail went horizontal. Not nice.
Yesterday the sun shone and I just wandered out and went chatting to people in the street and local shops. I washed all the outside windows of my cottage. I went for a walk along the canal. Not a lot of work got done but I felt great.
This morning the sun is beaming in thru my home office window – the air is still and I can hear a bird twittering (and for all the online geeks – birds did it first!). As one friend said to me ‘it makes the soul feel good’. The primroses have started flowering in the hedgerows and the daffodils have been cheering us all up for a few weeks now.
I lived in Australia for most of my life and I think it’s truly one of the most beautiful places on this planet. My family lives there so it also has some pretty great people as well. Now, every day wasn’t sunny but it does get more than it’s fair share.
Funny, when you get something wonderful often enough – it can sometimes lose it’s power to move us – we cease to be conscious and aware of it.
Remind you of anything in your life? What else do we take for granted that actually once had the power to move us?
I sometimes forget how I have created a business that is value driven and attracts the most wonderful clients – a business that lets me sleep in – a business that makes a difference. I sometimes forget how healthy I am and all the wonderful friends I have. I never forget how much I love and miss my family in Oz.
Sometimes it’s not until we lose something or it becomes absent do we then become aware again of how much it meant to us. The power it had to move us.
The sun has gone behind a cloud and I hope it peeks out again today. It’s already lifted my spirits and focused a musing.
I think that when people talk about ‘being in the moment’ they are exploring how you bring all of yourself to a real kind of conscious awareness. How you bring your senses – your heart, mind, body and spirit – awake. Try it. Stop right now and just have a wee look around. Take a breath and just be now. Take a moment to be grateful for the health, love, laughter, people, opportunities in your life. Feel the sunshine.
For me that moment is both peaceful and exciting. It connects me back to myself and slows a brain that I love but that tends to be working very fast a lot of the time.
As an aside my wonderful reader. The Slow Food movement has recently spawned the Slow Design Movement. I vote that we all start the Slow Down Movement. Take a moment or 6 each day for even 30 seconds – and just
s l o w d o w n.
Take a slow breath …. smile slowly …. slowly, slowly slowly.
Now, that’s a great gift to give yourself and it costs nothing – maybe a whole 3 minutes a day (that’s if you do 6 thirty seconds Slow Downs). In 30 seconds you can reconnect with yourself, smile, and be thankful – be aware and conscious.
One of the things I love about writing this blog is that I have no idea when I sit down to write – what will come out. I sat and saw the sunbeams and then I just wandered and mused. This blog is one of my slow downs. And it makes me happy.
So, for today – have a few Slow Downs and I hope the sun shines in some way on you.