Today Noah and I went shopping after I had picked him up from Pre School. We got all the bits we needed and just as we were about to leave the store, laden with heavy bags, Noah noticed someone else had strawberries in their trolley. He really, really wanted some.
At first I tried to jolly him along and to distract him with the thought of the delicious prawns we had bought to eat on the way home. It didn’t work. He remained fixated on the thought of strawberries. Nothing else would do.
So, I paused to think what was best. On the one hand I just wanted to get home and the thought of queueing up at the check out again didn’t seem very inviting at all, especially as an influx of students had made it hectic. But then I thought clearly. He was asking for a lovely, healthy delicious fruit. He was asking really nicely. I love him loads, how could I possibly have said no?
So off we went back round to the fruit and veg section and he was delighted to take the strawberries to the check out lady. It had taken a lot of patience on my part to bother with the strawberries, but it was worth it when I saw how pleased he was.
Funnily enough when we got home we had a leaflet from the church through the door. It had a nice pattern on it and Noah asked me to read it. It said ‘Love is patient and kind’, a section from Corinthians. It got me thinking about my love for Noah and the patience and kindness I am able to show him.
If I meditate each day I am so much more patient and kind. When my head is calm and clear I have more space in my mind to be patient and kind. When I achieve this I feel so much better about myself, I feel like a good mum.
Mindfulness can help all of our relationships. By creating some head space we are able to see situations clearly and make good decisions about how we act. Come on a Revitalise Day to see where mindfulness could take you.