There, I have finally said it. Those who know me will know that isn’t an unusual statement from me, but I tend to keep those sorts of comments to private conversations. Now and then I’ll share a link on facebook that will hint at my frustration for this country (UK) but more often than not, I keep silent. But my silence is starting to weigh on my conscience. I do believe that you are guilty if knowingly say nothing when things are obviously not right, and I have had enough of saying nothing. Perhaps the biggest reason for saying nothing is that I do not have a solution to the problems we face. At least, I know I can’t change anything over night.
What I can do is make small changes and improvements to our lives as citizens of the United Kingdom (soon to not be so united if Scotland get their independence.) What I can do is calmly (cough) and systematically work through all the issues and wrongs that are connected to us as a family unit. What I can do is improve our status, while being mindful of those around us. What I can do, when the time comes, is be a good employer who pays an honest wage and provides decent working conditions. What I can do is encourage my children to work hard and well at whatever they choose to do. What I can do is ensure I pay the right taxes for my income. Will any of these steps make a difference? Well, they will and do to my immediate circle. And it can only be through these small steps that we make a difference and generate a positive impact. If I were to throw my hands up and give up trying to make life better then I would have to accept unconditionally all that is thrown at me. No complaints. And I just can’t do that.
It has just turned from Monday morning to Monday afternoon and it is a beautiful day. I am lucky that I have a picture window to my left with a view to the garden beyond. The garden is looking a little weather ravaged, but the blue sky and winter sun is making up for the randomly wind placed small branches and twigs, as well as the blown-over swing seat.
My original plan for this morning had to be postponed in order for me to sort out the piles of sh*t left for me by various agencies over the weekend. Now I’ve done as much as I can there it has left my afternoon rather blissfully task free. That isn’t to say I don’t have things I need to be doing, but I can afford a few minutes to just enjoy the peace and quiet of my office area. I can hear a drill somewhere, and various bangs from the workshop next door. A dog is barking and a rather delicate and musical sneeze just echoed through wall. It is definitely a good time to be counting blessings and feeling grateful. To just enjoy the moment. Sometimes we get so caught up in the hassle and hustle of every day living that we forget to just sit still.
There’s a saying I like to use when I think I am too busy to stop. “Meditate for half an hour a day, and if you are busy, meditate for an hour”. I personally like to meditate, but I know many don’t. For those that don’t I definitely recommend spending time to just sit. I prefer to sit near a window if I can’t be outside, but anywhere will do (not when you’re driving though, please). Switch off any noise and distractions you can, TV, radio, music, phone (or put them on silent for a while) close your eyes and open your ears. Breathe in deeply through your nose, hold that breathe for a second, then exhale through your mouth. Then breathe normally while you take in the sounds around you. In your mind’s eye, see where you are, the building you are in, the structures around you. See the landscape beyond. Feel how comfortable and safe you are, right now, this minute. Allow yourself this time off and away from your busy day. Now take a deep breath again, release and open your eyes. You’ve just given yourself some time out – and it didn’t take too long out of your busy day 🙂
Possibly one of the most irritating (but conversely, soothing) things about learning differences is how much of a stickler you need to be to get through your day. For me, it’s time keeping. I cannot function without some sort of timepiece. I was able to tell the time well, before I could read. I plan journeys to the minute. And as for being late…no, just NO!
This morning I woke up to the sound of my phone informing me of an incoming text at 6:40am, and on seeing the time I groaned at the prospect of losing almost an hour of my morning. Not only do I like to keep time, I also like to get up early and start my day in the blissful morning peace, with the darkness beyond the window as my companion, and if possible, before the birds wake up.
So, I didn’t quite manage to get everything I wanted to do before the kids and birds were up this morning, and I am still trying to catch up! Tidying up my office space isn’t on the cards, so this is pretty much my space as of 4 minutes ago. I am very blessed to have such a great space to write and work in. And, this is one of two great spaces I have! My studio space is just as wonderful.
Studio space photo really does need updating! This photo was taken just before I gave the presentation I had to give to join the art group. It is a lovely place to work…although this space looks rather bare! Doesn’t look like that now. Maybe a studio tour post will be worth doing at some point in the future?
However! I digress! Another thing that is good at eating up my time is getting side-tracked and distracted – I am a bit of a magpie for that, which is probably why time is so important as it serves to remind me to get back on the ‘right’ path!
And today I am writing my business plan…yeah, right 😉