I popped in to see my Mum tonight after I had picked Noah up from Pre School. I was just about to invite Mum and Dad over for tea when she said “You’ll never guess what has happened…”.
It turns out that her visitors from Australia, who were supposed to arrive tomorrow, had landed a day early! Her house cleaning and catering plans had been put into fast forward and she was on overdrive!
I offered to do any jobs that would help but amazingly she seemed to have it all sorted. Dad was chopping potatoes. Mum had the meat in the oven. The beds were made, the vacuuming done. My thoughts were, that at least she had only spent a couple of hours getting ready rather than a whole day!
It got me thinking about the way we cope with change. Sometimes we can be thrown in to turmoil when plans alter and our deadlines are brought forward. So often though, it can work out for the best. I know that when I am called upon to perform at short notice I often do much better than when I have a long time to prepare. This can happen in all sorts of areas of life.
At work I notice it particularly. If a difficult case is hanging over my head for months then I often think about it and worry about how it will go wrong. If however, I am given a tough case to sort out because another person can’t do it, and it has turned into an emergency, then I get my head down, focus, and do a good job without any of the worry. Sometimes a little bit of pressure is perfect.
This theory is fine so long as you are not already stressed out and at tipping point. Sometimes when everything is hectic and we feel frazzled then an urgent situation can be a total disaster rather than a blessing.
Mindfulness is the perfect tool to help you keep your calm in everyday life so that when you do need to respond to an urgent situation you can do it without causing yourself too much stress. Learning to take a few minutes each day to keep your self calm and in control makes all the difference to your abilities.
When you meditate regularly you will start to notice how clearly you think and how much more efficiently you get jobs done. It can be easy to think that you don’t have time to sit and do a brain training exercise but when things get hectic, it really does pay off. A clear mind is a really effective and efficient mind.
Come on a Revitalise Day to see how mindfulness and brain training could improve the way you deal with life. The retreats are a lovely break from everyday stresses and strains and they will set you up for a lifetime of calm.