This morning my little boy Noah cried when I left him at nursery. As I tried to cheer him up by excitedly waving at the window I could hear him sobbing ‘I want you mummy’.
I drove away feeling sad and wishing I could rush back in and take him home.
I had to get to work though, and knew that really going back wasn’t an option. I also know how good nursery is for him. He loves it really.
So whilst driving I focused all my attention on driving. I was patient and focused.
When a group of overconfident school boys marched straight out to cross the road despite all of the traffic, I stopped and gave them space to cross.
When the car in front was going more slowly than I would have liked I stayed back. Giving them space. Before long they had gone a different way.
When I arrived at work and the car park was very busy I thought clearly about the best place to go and with amazing clarity I neatly reversed into the unwanted tight spot!
Then I called nursery to check how Noah was. He was absolutely fine and singing along to Jo jingles.
So, I arrived at work calm and focused despite my crying boy, despite pushy pedestrians, despite the other drivers and despite the difficult parking!
I truly put my happy state of mind down to mindfulness. I started my day with a 20 minute meditation and this set me on the right path to stay mindful for the day. Whenever I get chance I cast my mind back to how I felt at the end of the 20 minutes and that feeling of calm attentiveness comes back to help me carry on with my day.
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