So after a lovely week away in Cornwall we have to travel back to Leicestershire. It is a decent drive. Maybe 4 hours on a good run or maybe 6 or 7 if the traffic is heavy.
We were talking about it before it was time to go and my Dad hates the drive. To a certain extent he dreads it. His way of overcoming it is to take lots of breaks so that it is broken up with more pleasant moments.
Noah and I don’t mind the drive. We usually drive it in one go if we can. Maybe we have a break if we need the toilet, but only a short one.
We always set ourselves up with drinks, snacks and music and then we actually really enjoy the journey together.
Whatever the weather this seems to work.
If it is warm and sunny then being in the car is great and the views are even more beautiful. If it is dull or rainy then we are pleased to be inside with the heating on!
I really think that the attitude that we start with makes all the difference. Even if the journey is homewards and the holiday is over, then there is still a sense of excitement. We are going back to see Martyn, we are going to see the horses, we are going to be back in our house!
If we come across a hold up it isn’t the end of the world we just take it as it comes. We use the time to chat, to eat, to drink and to enjoy each other’s company. It’s all still good.
If you start to see the positives in life then they start to come thick and fast. Next time you have a journey to do try to notice the positives in the experience rather than allowing your mind to dwell on the negatives.
You might think that this is easier said than done but try this…
If a negative thought arises then say to yourself ‘Release’.
If a positive crops up then label it with the feeling. It might be ‘Enjoyment’ ‘Pleasure’ Happiness’ ‘Comfort”.
After a while you will notice that your thoughts start to become more positive. You have promoted the positive thoughts and let go of the negatives. It really is that simple.
It is amazing how a little bit of training your mind can make such a big difference.