Every now and then, you just need to take a break!
“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.” wrote Bryant McGill.
For too long I have been striving for an unachievable level of perfectionism. I don’t think I am alone in this.
An expat for more years than I have lived at ‘home’, I have become detached about who I am and where I am going.
My shoulders slump slightly and my jaw is tense.
Modern day living places us under a lot of pressure. Not only do we have to look perfect all of the time, but we also have to have time to keep up with trends, fashion, keep fit, hair and makeup. Our children not only need to be fed but they need to be nourished with a well balanced diet of organic foods – which more often than not they turn their noses up at in favour of a hot dog and fries. We need to be socially busy, entertaining and keeping abreast of the news. Our social media profile needs to be constantly updated with more contacts accumulated. We need to earn enough money to keep in with the social status of our compatriots. We need to take care of our family and still have time to feed the pets. We still need to do the laundry and the groceries and book the holiday and organise our hundreds of pictures into photobooks.
This list is not exhaustive, but I certainly am! And yes, I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone.
I spend a lot of time trying to ensure that my life is picture perfect.
So I stole a moment to myself. I sat to read a book and I realised that it was perfect. Not just the book, but the weather, the flowers growing over the balustrade, the comfort of the step, the balmy breeze. I soaked up the whole moment and it felt great.
In fact the book that I have borrowed is just wonderful too, I thought I would share it. It’s called ‘Simple Abundance – A Daybook of Comfort and Joy’ by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Since my few pages read on this comfy doorstep I have begun a ‘gratitude journal’ that I record 5 things daily that I am thankful for, to help me live in the moment each and every day. What a wonderful thing, don’t you think?
I think I was already on the right step 😉 when I realised the perfection of such a stolen moment though.