Thanks for popping in on Mindful Wednesday,
where we do a little check up from the neck up,
and touch on matters of the heart.
Well today is no exception.
You’ll be pleased to hear I took a step out of Clarity World
and spent the day with my Mum and Dad.
Today is my Mum’s birthday, you see.
And if I’ve learned nothing else in my 56 years,
it’s to make time for my parents over everything.
Without putting too fine a point on it,
I know how many of you will be wishing you could still
spend a day with your Mum or your Dad.
And that is why I am so very grateful today.
We didn’t do anything grand.
Went to the Barnyard in Upchurch for lunch,
and then drove on to Faversham to an excellent farmshop,
where we picked up some nice cake,
which we took home and enjoyed with our coffee.
So nothing extravagant,
but very special nonetheless.
As they have always taught me,
it’s not where you are but who you’re with.
Ain’t that the truth.
Grace sent her Oma a beautiful basket of flowers from New York,
and Mark called and sang Happy Birthday to her
all the way from San Francisco.
I miss my kids all the time; they are just too far away!
And on days like today it really hits home -
if you’ll pardon the expression...
So I was quite happy to come home
and have to do some artwork for an hour.
(We have a Friday deadline for a very special project).
And here’s where the mindful process begins to work;
I concentrated on exactly what I was doing.
Focussed on the stamping and brayering;
spent an age colouring in some toadstools!
Didn’t allow my mind to wander or get distracted -
just stuck to the art like glue.
Now I’ve opened up to you and shared what I have been
avoiding thinking about since I got in.
And now I shall go indoors,
make a brew for Dave and myself,
light a candle or two,
and all will be calm in my head.
I’ve had to work on it this evening though.
I’ve had to deliberately block out sad thoughts
by concentrating my mind on artwork.
It works. It really does.
The only thing left to do is show you
a fresh toadstool in the light of the moon....
Any guesses which project which is going to the printers
Let me give you a clue:
It is something useful that you will enjoy all year.
love and hugs,