I am so far from being mindful, I don't know how to keep still. I don't want to go to the playpark with my daughter. I want to talk, fast, to strategise. In short, my mind is full of work and business. I've lost the ability to just be.
That was me today. And of course I felt guilty. Because I was walking up the hill with my little daughter and her company is precious but I was missing it in a haze of restlessness and discontent.
And then I looked up.
|Sky by Powellizer|
And I saw the sky. And it reminded me that I don't look up very often. In fact, most often, I'm looking down at a square of illuminated screen a few inches from my nose. At phones. At computers.
But when I looked up and saw the vastness of the sky the world seemed bigger and full of limitless opportunity. The clouds were racing and it reminded me that everything changes, that you are never truly trapped or limited unless you limit yourself.
Joy welled up and I shared it with my daughter, showed her the racing clouds and the movement of the sky. Our whole walk home was transformed.
|Argyll Peninsula by Meg McNulty aka ME|
So whether you've got your head stuck in NaNoWriMo, you're stressed with work or tired from being woken in the night, I'm asking you to step outside of your house for one minute and look up. Look through the trees. Look at the sunset or the vast white arc of a winter sky. Look at the storm clouds or the bright disc of the sun.