Today I took Dexter out for a ride. When I got back I gave him his dinner and put his rug back on, it had been snowing so I wanted him to be snug!
I bought him this rug only a couple of months ago and he has given it a hard time. He has snapped off both of the straps that go round his tummy and pulled off the edging. So despite it being quite expensive it looks like a bit of an old wreck!
I have resorted to tying it on with string! As I stood doing up the string today It really struck me that there were two ways to be in this situation. I could have been deep in thought, perhaps consumed by annoyance at him for breaking it.
As it turned out I noticed that I was present in the moment and fully enjoying the experience of being there, I was happy sorting it out! I really counted my blessings once I stopped to notice them. I was so lucky to be at the stables just having been for a ride on my very own horse.
It got me thinking about perspective.
We can so easily get caught up in our daily routines and then take things that we once desperately wanted for granted. This could be our job, it could be our children, anything that we love but that we sometimes loose perspective on.
When I was younger I would have given absolutely anything to have a horse. I still love them to bits but when it is cold and I’m busy it can be easy to rush through my time with the horses without fully thinking through how fortunate I am.
So because getting the string through the attachment on the rug was a bit fiddly it forced me to stop and stand still. This made it a perfect mini moment of mindfulness!
Try building some mini moments of mindfulness into your day. When you do this you become more aware of the positive aspects of your life, the things you really love and that you want to remember that you love. They might only be small things but once you start to notice them life will seem a little lighter, you will feel happier and you will start to realise that life is good.
Come on a Revitalise Day to learn other techniques for promoting happy thoughts. So often changing your perspective can make things so much better.