I did not break into a cold sweat. I was one hundred and five miles away from my work laptop and my personal laptop. My family was also delayed, so I had a hotel room all to myself. It was so strange having time to myself. What would I do? The first order of business would be to get a good night's sleep for once. I decided to not do anything and enjoy this gift of solitude. I am just realizing now that my mindfulness has gone by the wayside. In the hotel room, I remember taking the time to feel the refreshing water cool my head and could sense its journey down my throat until the sensation vanished at a point past my breastbone. Now that my tank is full again, how do I not squander this energy?
I write this blog to help me prepare myself for the upcoming week and hope that what I discover from my public journalling can help others. I notice that I have not been doing my mindset enhancement activities and it makes a difference. My routine has changed and I have to work in a different location tomorrow. Normally I would groan and complain because it gets me behind. However, I can also look at it as a chance to visit with old friends and getting to listen to my audiobook on the drive there. I can be thankful to have the flexibility to make this work. I get to make my own decisions. That is exciting! Yes, it also means that I am accountable to myself but owning that is a tremendous opportunity for growth.
One of my hashtags is #TrustTheProcess. A few minutes ago, I went to the kitchen to get some water and it was good that I did because I forgot that I had started a load of laundry that was ready to be transferred. While I did that, my kid and I discovered the joys of analog kitchen equipment and the amazing scent of a fresh baked loaf of bread. This reminded me to set up some mustard which I am going to do after I finish writing my blog. I am not "that" person, I promise. The things I do need to be easy and convenient because time is a precious commodity. Have you made something from scratch that you could buy in the store? When you understand a process you can see if the lemon is worth the squeeze. I simply enjoy slowing down sometimes and allowing things to marinate. If you do have some mustard seeds lying around https://servedfromscratch.com/dijon-mustard-from-scratch-2/#recipe
One of the things I did this weekend was to spend time with my sisters. We have challenged ourselves to stay hydrated and to do some physical activity every day. Staying hydrated is a great metaphor about our energy wells. I ended last week depleted and refilled my well this weekend. "You'll never miss the water 'til the well runs dry." - Author: William Christopher Handy. I am tired of digging myself out of holes. Wells contain finite resources. I need to ensure that I have a deep connection to my energy and that I cover it when it's not in use to prevent evaporation. I started out of balance and have a choice to make tomorrow. How will I ensure my well stays full this week? One idea I have is to go back to trying to be present. I'm drinking a cup of tea and only tasted the most current sip. My friends, I challenge you to taste the fullness of life this coming week. Namaste
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