Last Sunday Charlotte, my sister, and I arranged to go out for a coffee with 3 year old Noah and his 6 year old cousin. I volunteered to drive. When I arrived to pick them up Charlotte was on the verge of tears.
I was so concerned to see her tearful. I had to find out what was wrong, immediately, even before she got into the car.
It turned out that it was a culinery disaster. On a mission to be super organised and efficient she had got up and made a pie. She was going to get dinner sorted and then go out and enjoy herself. As she waited for me to pick her up she picked up the pepper mill to grind some pepper into the pie mix. Disaster struck as all of the pepper corns fell directly into the dish.
I parked up and went back into the house with her. I knew it would be no good if we went without sorting the situation out first. So we sent the children off to play and we spent a good half an hour with teaspoons picking out individual peppercorns from the mix of leek and quorn chicken style pieces.
We actually had a real giggle whilst we were doing it. I was my annoying positive self claiming that we were at least half way through when in fact we had only sorted out a couple of spoons full. Charlotte could laugh at herself for being so miserable about the whole situation.
We chatted whilst we worked and probably discussed way more than if we had spent the extra half an hour in a coffee shop. The children loved the extra time at home playing with their toys and doing their own thing.
So the disaster worked out well. Often having the presence of mind to stop and address a problem is the best way forward. Whilst you are present in the moment sorting out what ever situation has arisen you will probably actually enjoy yourself and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Being swept away by emotion and my negative thoughts would never have produced the positive outcome that we experienced. The only way to deal with it was to take our time, recognise that we were’t in a rush and then to enjoy the moment.
Being mindful is all about being present in the moment. When you can ground yourself in the here and now you can sort out almost any problem that comes your way. Come on a Revitalise Day to see how you could foster a clear mind capable of solving whatever situations arise.