This morning I was just about to get ready for work when my mum called to ask a favour. Before she went out she was watering her plants with the hose and she was worried that she might have left it on.
I went and checked for her and then gave her a call to put her mind at rest and to tell her that actually she had switched it off. I also told her I was quite grateful to her for a few reasons…
1) It got me out for another walk in the sunshine before my day at my desk started
2) I got to admire her amazing plants
3) It gave me great blog material!
My mum does so much for me. She is always there when I need her and when Martyn or Noah need her too. She never complains about all that she does for us. She is great. So the opportunity to be able to do something small for her was perfect. It only took me a few minutes and it meant that she could enjoy her morning out without worrying that the green house was going to flood!
Doing something kind for someone else always gives us a good feeling. Rather than thinking about your own wants and needs you focus your attention on another for a short space of time, it might only be a little while but it is long enough to create some head space.
It also got me thinking about being on autopilot. Mum had obviously turned the hose off when she was on autopilot. Her mind must have been elsewhere as she was rushing to get on with her day. Although she had done all of her jobs she couldn’t remember doing them. This is so common, we all do it everyday. Apparently up to 50% of our time is spent on autopilot.
Leaving the hose pipe on isn’t the most risky thing to have done but imagine all of the different things we might do on autopilot. Maybe leaving the gas hob on. Perhaps forgetting to lock the house. Maybe failing to put the hand break on your car as you park it on a hill. All sorts of possibilities.
Mindfulness can really help if you find you spend too much of your day on autopilot. We can lean to build little reminders into our day to ground us and bring us back into the here and now.
Today try to notice each time you open a door. No matter where you are and what you are doing just try to notice. You will see how difficult it is to keep this awareness all day. Keep practising over a week and you will see you ability to remain more focussed on what you are doing grow.
Come on a Revitalise Day to lean other top ways for staying on the ball. Make less mistakes, worry less and enjoy life more.