Almond butter is one of my absolute favourite foods. It is great in so many ways and with so many things.
Today my lovely friend Cath came over for the afternoon. It was a last minute arrangement and we had a great time. Whilst she had a coffee I had 3 mint tea. I bought the mint tea bags this morning and they are a really nice change from peppermint – a bit less sweet. They were the perfect accompaniment to almond butter!
When you visit a friend for a Saturday afternoon cuppa you might expect a slice of cake but not with me as the host! My friends know me better than that! Cath and I both love almond butter so I did us a plate of chopped up apples with the almond butter as a dip. Perfect. We both loved it, we had to refill the plate a few times!
We ate and drank we had a brilliant catch up. We talked about everything in the world but one thing that really stuck with me was our conversation about gratitude.
We both live in lovely small villages that suit us perfectly. We talked about the possibility of moving to bigger houses. That would mean a less desirable location, something neither of us want to sacrifice.
So as we ate our apples and almond butter we reflected on how grateful we are to live where we live and it left me in a really positive frame of mind. Appreciating what we have is really good for us. Once you start on this train of thought it expands to cover all sorts of topics. Family, job, lifestyle, health, the lot. Having a friend to talk it through with really helps, it makes it super clear that we are so lucky.
Tomorrow my friend is coming up from London to visit for the day. To me coming all that way for a few hours seems like a bit of a manic Sunday but to her the excuse to get out of London, if only for a few hours, provides the opportunity for a chill out. She has a totally different lifestyle to me and she appreciates different experiences.
I got a text message yesterday from my friend who has been up working at all hours because her job is so hectic. Another friend has been getting up at 5am on a regular basis to travel for work. These situations make me think how grateful I am that I have my life in balance in a way that suits me more.
I am sure that mindfulness has helped me to realise what is important in my life. If you feel you need to get some perspective on your life come on a Revitalise Day. With mindfulness you really can achieve clarity of thought and some time to realise what matters to you. Once you know what you want then anything is possible.