Life moves by so quickly, often without us taking the time to appreciate the good things that surround us. Something I’ve learned during my life coaching with the wonderful Sandra Walsh (check her out, she is amazing!) is to take a moment to sit in stillness and notice what comes up for me.
This morning I woke frustratingly early, as I seem to more and more as the years advance (well, as I tell everyone, I have jumped in age from 21 to 35!) I tried to sleep, but as I lay there tossing and turning, I kept thinking of all the things I needed to do, so I decided to get up and get on with my tasks for the day!
Washing sorted, dishes cleared, paperwork organised, emails checked…….then I stopped myself, remembering some of the lessons learned during life coaching. I took myself and a cuppa and sat out on my balcony, to take 10-15 minutes to enjoy the start of the day.
I am very fortunate in that I live in a very beautiful part of the world. You may notice that I didn’t write “lucky”. I do believe that you have to make luck happen, I didn’t land here by accident, it has been through choice and following through decisions, and I sure am going to appreciate what I have.
A beautiful start to the day with an amazing sunrise –
Sandra has taught me to try to use all my senses – to be “mindful”. I sat for ages watching the colours in the sky change, the clouds move by at different levels and speeds, lasting far longer than any sunrise I witnessed when living in the Tropics!; I listened to the sounds around me, the fish market springing to life, the different birds enjoying the thermals as they whooshed through the air, the sound of the breeze, the small waves lapping at the harbour side, the sounds of halyards clacking against masts. I could smell the salty air, the distant scent of fish and the feel of the breeze on my face. I could feel myself relax as the minutes ticked by, my shoulders less hunched and my breathing slower and more steady.
I’m now ready for the day!