King of the road...
A week of being more, reflect more and just breathe....
Be more, reflect more, breathe more.
Sounds easy right? Most people I know as so busy doing things they forget how to just be.
I know we’ve heard this before but we are human beings not human doings. I’ve even have conversations with friends who freely admit having a spare half an hour by themselves with no plans would be too much time for them to think and therefore they would do almost anything to avoid a spare hour with themselves. So how did this week go for me? Since starting this 'Wake Up' challenge and implementing all the little changes to my day I think I have being doing this anyway without knowing it. I do stop now and look around me. I notice the wildlife, the countryside, the silly little things that Ted does. I have definitely changed and am more open. I am better at talking to strangers too. I used to avoid any kind of contact but now I find stuff coming out of my mouth just to engage with someone because it feels good. In the last few weeks I have told a girl on the checkout in co-op that her perfume was divine. I ran after a little old man who left his card in the cash machine. I ask people where they recommend to eat if I am working in a town I don’t know and in general people are warm and friendly and very happy to offer advice. The owner of our village post office is from Thailand and makes delicious Thai food and sells it in the shop. Thailand’s loss is a small village in Wales’s gain! I overhead a conversation where she was asking another customer if they knew where she could get some wild garlic for a recipe she wanted to try. The next day I asked around in work and a colleague told me she knew of a little woodland walk just off the road which was covered in the stuff. The next day I threw my spade into the back of the boot and in my lunch hour I went in search of the wild garlic, Not only did I find the stuff in abundance I also discovered a beautiful spot I had never been to before, and there are worse ways of spending your lunch time. On my way home that evening I dropped some off for Som in the shop. She clapped her hands in delight and told me I had made her very happy. It was a nice feeling. The following week she surprised me with a home cooked thai meal with garlic which she brought to my house. I was very touched by her kindness and it was delicious. On reflection I think all the little things I have decided to keep in my routine are helping me become the person I always wanted to be so for that I will always be grateful.
So this week hasn’t been so very different.
Last night I drove about and hour and a half to visit my fiance, he is working in the middle of nowhere building a windfarm and has rented a caravan on the side of the hill. It’s quite cosy and has everything you need. Even though I had already driven 3 hours with work that day and attended training for four hours, I still had a mad grin on my face as I drove along some very rural roads on a mini adventure with Ted hanging out the window loving every minute, to find this caravan like a needle in a haystack. This morning I took Ted on a walk I knew not where we were going… we ended up on the brow of this hill to the side of the proposed windfarm and it was such a heavenly place like the top of the world. As we carried on we came across some escapee sheep, I tried but failed on my own to get them back in the field. On my way back, as I was passing these sheep again a DHL van passed, and then started reversing his van to help me herd the sheep into through the broken gate. He told me that he stopped here for a cup of tea every morning and these sheep are always escaping, and that he knew the farmer and that he would inform him of the sheep after his cuppa. I laughed to myself. Before’Wakeup’ I would have been alarmed at a van driver stopping in the middle of nowhere to talk to me but he was just practicing ‘wake up’ himself by enjoying his tea break at the top of the world surrounded by wayward sheep.
I hope y’all had a good week too .