Tonight I went to help my sister pack for her holiday. She was packing lovely summer dresses, sun cream and things to keep cool in the sun and I have to admit I felt a pang of envy. As I stepped out into the cold to come home I was thinking longingly of being on a beach and feeling the sun on my skin.
Earlier in the day I had been exchanging messages with a really lovely friend who moved to France this year. I found myself wondering when I will have chance to go and visit. To see the amazing place that she was so keen to move to.
It is so easy to be swept away in fantasy when we hear of other people’s adventures. To get itchy feet. It can almost contagious when we get sucked into someone else’s excitement. When we realise we have to settle down and that it isn’t our time to be off exploring it can leave us with a feeling of flatness, maybe even dissatisfaction.
Mindfulness can really help. When we take time to notice what we have around us and to appreciate the beauty of the place where we live we can realise just how lucky we are. Appreciating what we have leads to a feeling of contentment and happiness.
I was out riding on the Prestwold Estate this morning and saw some absolutely beautiful countryside, the sky was blue and the sun was just breaking through. As I galloped about having fun I thought I must be the luckiest person alive.
Tonight as I walked home in the cold the moon was out and the stars were shining clearly. It really was perfect.
So rather than spending the evening searching for cheap flights in order to quench my desire for a holiday I am happily remembering the beauty around me and the sights that I have been lucky enough to see today.
Try it yourself…write down three beautiful sights that you have seen today. If you are feeling short of one perhaps just nip outside and see what’s going on in the sky near you.