I was born on a Tuesday. Tuesday’s child is full of grace they told me. It was a bit of a joke really, being “Rip, Shit and Bust,” running too fast as a child, always falling over, scraping knees, hands, etc. It carried on into my adulthood, rushing everywhere, stubbing toes, banging knees on doors in a hurry to get through before I’d even opened the damned door! And so it went on until now, at the age of 64 and three quarters.
NOW we have a different situation, a different way of life. We are thinking about things in a whole new light. Personally, I am discovering Mindfulness and the State of Grace.
This has no religious connotations; I strayed from the Anglican path at the age of 13, after years of Sunday school and church services. However, I have discovered my Spirituality and know now that there is a lot more to life than what we see before us. I believe that we all have a purpose on this earth and we create our own destiny, whether we like it or not!
I am still learning, and two things have changed my life for the better; Mindfulness and Gratitude.
- Mindfulness, the art of focusing on the present moment, being totally aware of what’s around you. Seeing the wonders of nature, a hawk in flight, a sunset, waves crashing onto the shore. Savouring your food, taking your time to really enjoy the taste and texture. Listening, 100%, to what someone is saying to you. Breathing in the scent of the roses. Feeling the love for your soul mate, your child, grandmother, your best friend, your pet.
- Gratitude, being thankful, appreciating all the good things makes a huge difference to your life. For me, this is my cosy little home, my beautiful garden, having a soul mate to share my life with, and to help me do stuff. I love my grandkids when they’re laughing, the love in my dog’s eyes when he sees me. I appreciate my skills, writing, painting, creating quirky objects in my garden. There are always things to be grateful for; a comfortable chair to relax in, freshly-baked muffins from a neighbour, a phone call from a friend.
When you focus on the good things, the not so good things take a back seat and more good things keep coming into your life. Try it and see. Every day make a note of everything you are grateful for. Practise this often and, believe me, your life WILL change for the better.
Kate Winters 30.4.20