Reflecting on April
In week 19 of the Great Wake Up we've been asked to reflect on the month; good opportunity to remind myself of what we'd done!
This month we were challenged to make time each day to consciously seek beauty, to add a period of reflection to our days, to give up alcohol, caffeine and sugar for four days and to indulge in a spot of guerilla gardening. These are all activities that I have consciously been adding to my life for the last year anyway, so I confess to feeling a bit blasé (if not smug) in ticking off my accomplishments.
And that, plus a bit of a life factor - really woke me up!
The life factor is pretty pedestrian - a couple of big work projects and impending marathon have been eating up my time for the last couple of weeks. I told myself all the walking was a perfect opportunity to reflect, see beauty (sunrise over the river, anyone) and I'm certainly watching my diet. I'm also a guerilla gardener of long standing (although I know a certain hedgerow that will be getting a visit when it's bulb planting time).
What I realised, though, thanks to Sarah-Jane, is that I take all of this for granted. The time for training, the space to garden, the access to nature and even the health issues that keep me focussed on my diet. You can actually be looking at something beautiful while your brain is racing to solve a client's problem. You can actually reflect without finding anything fresh.
So. what this week's reflection reminded me is that the most important part of Wake Up, for me, is the variety and the element of surprise. I need jolting out of my habits, however good they may be, to keep my perspective fresh. So thank you, Chris for the Week 20 experiment I've just seen. Jolt received! No idea where I'll find a tree big enough to climb in the fens, but here we go!