Monday Mantra:: I see the gift in everyday things

When you work 6 days a week, it can be difficult to really wind down. The only day you really have “off” is spent doing groceries or household chores and it can feel like you don’t actually get a weekend.

This weekend, was no different except for that fact that last night, instead of thinking how much time I didn’t get to myself, I thought about how much time I did get. I thought about the moments throughout the day, all things I got done and how in a round about way, they really were for me.

I was lucky enough to begin with a nice long sleep in. I even woke up to a cup of coffee on my bedside table and not long after was brought breakfast in bed. This was delicious. Not just the food but the experience of being able to stay in bed without having to get up and rush out the door.

Then, I spent a bit of time organising a grocery list and discussing with my fiancé some budget ideas. After that, while I got myself cleansed and ready for the day, my beloved went and found us some lunch. Then, it was grocery time. A nice, measured, list abiding shopping trip, then home to go for a run. This was not enjoyable in the traditional sense but the feeling of getting out there on such a nice day and ticking something off my list was great. Back home again for a quiet coffee and an episode of Ghost Whisperer. Next was veggie chopping to make some home made soup for the week followed by dinner cooking. Then a nice relaxing evening with a glass of Pinot Noir and a bit of television. Followed closely by helping the man with cutting/shaving his hair. Lastly, snuggling up into bed with my man at the same time. Not one going to bed before the other. So simple but so lovely.

I thoroughly enjoyed every part of my day. Yes, there were groceries (not something I normally enjoy), there was food prep (not something I would normally consider me time). Even the things that would normally feel like a “Have To” felt more like “my time” this week. Sunday was for me.

It doesn’t always feel like this but because I chose to look at them in the light of “this is my day”, it changed the energy of the day and I enjoyed every little bit of it because of it.

Try looking at the everyday things this week, as a gift. The commute to work, answering the phone, trawling your emails, picking up the kids form school or day care, doing the groceries, working the late shift, etc. Look for the gift and feel the difference in your week.

As always, download and save this Monday Mantra Image to your desktop or phone or print it and pin it somewhere you’ll see it. When you see it, say it. And if you know someone who would also benefit from this mantra, please share it.

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