Last night we went out to celebrate Martyn’s birthday. Noah, my 3 year old, is on my ‘Overcoming MS’ diet but to a lesser extent. Pizza with soya cheese is a great option for him. It is a real treat for him to eat out, he loves it. So we all went to Peter Pizza and had a really lovely time.
It got me thinking about what is important on special days, days like our birthdays.
When we are children the excitement of presents tends to dominate the day. Unwrapping a gift that we are desperately hoping is something we really want. As we get older the gifts become tokens, something to say that you have thoughts about the birthday in advance. It really does become the thought that counts.
What struck me last night was how important the company of others is. When we were out last night everyone was present, I mean really present. We all seemed to be engaged and communicating well. We had fun. To me that seemed to be the most important thing. The gifts were lovely, the cake and pizza looked gorgeous and everyone enjoyed them, but the real joy of the evening was the chatter and enjoyment of everyone that came.
Being in the present can be a real challenge in day to day life. We all have worries and thoughts that really do take over the mind sometimes. Mindfulness is a great way to train your mind so that when you want to be fully present in the moment rather than lost in thought your mind is practised at doing that.
Book on to a Revitalise Day to learn to be more mindful in everything you do. Being present in the moment leads to more enjoyment in life, give a go.