I had a really late night for me last night. I went to a friends for a get together and didn’t make it to bed until 2am. So, so late for me these days! I was driving so I had no alcohol and I am sure this was a saving grace for me today. Despite my lack of sleep I have survived the 6am wake up call from Noah and had a brilliant day. So what stopped it from being a disaster of a day?!…
Having been out with our pony on the cart and had a great ride I rang the hair dressers to chance my luck for a last minute appointment, amazingly they could fit me in!
So I had my hair cut. It was only a trim. I took Noah with me and got him his favourite green tea fruit drink from the cafe next door to keep him happy whilst he waited. We went a few minutes early to make sure we fitted this in. No added sugar and no added stress…perfect!
In a way I really minimised the hair dressers experience. Aware that I was busy for the rest of the day and aware that Noah was going to be with me, I did everything I could to keep the visit to the shortest amount of time possible. I washed my hair before I went and I just had a trim. Nothing fancy, no special styling requirements, it really was just a quick trim!
However, despite myself and my natural attempts to fit as much in as possible, my hair appointment was a real sanctuary in my day. Lucy, my stylist, made it great, she made Noah and I comfortable and we had a lovely chat whilst she set to work.
It provided a few minutes where I sat still and focussed on what I wanted. A short amount of time where I was not available to jump to Noah’s every request. A space in my day where I was not a slave to my phone or anything else. Really it was just like my meditation session, a bit of time just for me.
It was refreshing and I really enjoyed it. When I left I was really calm and focussed. The second that we left the salon Noah was desperate for the toilet, I dealt with that calmly, we sorted it without it being a stress. I realised the need to praise Noah for his brilliant behaviour during the morning and his amazing patience whilst he had waited for me. I took him to the local shop where he chose a melon as his treat. When we got home I chopped it up for him and he loved it.
The rest of the day seemed just to get better from this experience onwards. We were so close for the rest of the day. There was no tension, no competing for my attention no demanding behaviour. Just a little bit of mindful attention during the morning made everything great, for me and for Noah.
Try giving yourself just a little more time in your day. Sometimes spending that little bit longer on the things that really matter to you can make all the difference to how you behave towards others. Somehow a little time just for you makes the whole world a happier place. It rubs off on everyone. It’s Magic, try it.