The other week I woke up in a bad mood and was going to a friend’s house with my baby and toddler. It was cold and wet and grey which reflected my mood. I set out with the buggy and the toddler in tow trying to control his umbrella. As I was walking I began to feel more and more miserable and sorry for myself – it’s so annoying that the weather is so bad and I can’t drive, and it’s always such a schlep to get everywhere etc. etc . My mind was full of negative thinking and I could feel my mood dropping further.
Then my toddler said ‘Mummy look at the face in the tree’ and I looked up and sure enough there was what looked like a face in the tree we were passing and the next one. Somehow his childish enthusiasm and excitement snapped me out of myself as I felt he had opened my eyes to the simple beauty in nature that I often miss because it has become wallpaper to me.
In that moment I got present to life rather than being consumed by what was going on in my head that I was creating. I was overcome with a feeling of being grateful and loving for my son for having pointed this out for me and this lifted my spirits. I since picked up ‘The Missing Link’ by Syd Banks and came across this quote which to me summed up what happened in that moment…
“Gratitude and satisfaction have wonderful effects on our souls. They open our minds, clearing the way for wisdom and contentment to enter.
Once you become grateful, the prison bars of your mind will fall away. Peace of mind and contentment will be yours.”