How are you? Hope you are keeping well! End of school term activities have kept me really busy. How are things with you? Any plans for the summer holidays? Off to Greece with a suitcase full of money may be? It’s sunshine all around, Wimbledon, school holidays, it’s that time of the year where you can sit back and relax. The other day, owing to the tube strike and beautiful weather, I decided to walk to school to drop my son. It was a lovely walk, fresh air, cheerful faces, my son hopping and my daughter stopping to see the most tiniest of creatures in the world and asking me ‘what shape mummy?’ Someone had put their old, broken sofa outside their house and I could tell what was going to happen next. Before she gazed at the sofa for a big jump, I lifted her and tried to divert her attention to the cars on the road. And we were back on our walk. It was so simple. I asked my son, if he was ok for not being selected for a sports event. He asked, ‘what sports?’ So it was already forgotten. I thought I would use that feeling to motivate him but it was of no use. So I asked him again, ‘didn’t it bother you at all?’. Or more than him, ‘Was it bothering me?’ Mummy after all! I felt very silly later on as my purpose was to cheer him up and motivate him for the next event. But he didn’t need it. Was that upsetting me? ‘How can he let it go so easily?’ So I thought I would use this opportunity to write what I learn from the little ones.
1) Let go…There is something to look forward to
I thought, no matter what you are doing, no matter what situation you are in, no matter how happy or miserable your day has been, there is always a little room for hope for better. There is always something to look forward to. Always…and you if you look around, you will find it. If it didn’t work out for you, it would leave you with an extraordinary value of ‘lesson learnt’. As it is said that, ‘the only way to prove you’re a good sport is to lose’ and you grow and learn. It’s not going to be always about you but believing that even if it wasn’t your day, there is something to look forward to! Kids let go and move on. It’s a gift!
Laugh out loud and laugh at silly things. My kids teach me to laugh every single day, in a unique way each day. How hard can life be, when it’s upside down! You just laugh and carry on. There are people, situations and failures who can obstruct you from the sounds of giggles but nothing worth even a frown. I am pretty sure, your kids do the same. They are so magical. My daughter keeps calling Dr Bown (read brown) bear and my son wants a combination of powers from ‘Flash and Spiderman’ from Santa this christmas, so I try to laugh at the simple pleasures of life.
3) Inspiration and hope in the tiniest of creatures
Stopping by to see the little creatures. To walk on the dry leaves. Stopping to see the beauty of nature around you. Stopping to count the dots on the ladybird. Numerous ‘do you know mummy questions?’ Getting excited to see the little joys…if you are having a bad day, just think of the little things…they look so unruffled and at peace, don’t they? Look at their size! You’ll be just fine! Tomorrow on your walk to work, observe the flowers, there might be a bee or two 🙂
There is no way that they would keep their emotions to themselves. If they are not happy, they will let you know. So just like the kids, express how you are feeling. Of course, in your own way (no rolling on the shop floor please!). You can talk to someone and let your heart out. It helps.
Enjoy the summer, happy holidays everyone!