We just had a long weekend. If you have littles in school on the prairies, odds are that the school boards lined up in-services or other flavours of days off with the long weekend, and you had a super-long weekend! We sure did – and we spent part of it on the road to Saskatchewan. We visited my family, and swam, and had all sorts of fun.
The great thing about a ten hour drive (when you aren’t the one driving) is the amount of knitting and napping that you can accomplish. Sure, there is some maintenance on the back-seat crew – doling out snacks, charging ipods, settling fights. By and large, though, it’s all potentially fun* time! And I made good use of it. I knit, napped, listened to an audio book and did some meditating.
The focus of this meditation is gratitude – to be grateful for the goodness that surrounds you. Perhaps I need to be listening to a mindfulness meditation instead – at Mom’s I surfed down a steep flight of stairs on my arse. It’s good that I’ve been learning to ski – leaning back was my instinctive reaction and I’m sure it saved me from a really nasty fall. As it is, I have some spectacular bruises.
I was headed down the stairs, looked up at a lamp, thought “I should turn that off”, then my foot slipped and the rest, as they say, is history.
So I am feeling very grateful that my fall was not worse – I’ve got a solid bruise that is 5″ tall and the width of my hips. And bruises on my back and also my arm. The fortunate thing is (also) that I’ve been going to the gym frequently, so my arse is more muscular than it has been in the past!
The lessons I’m taking from this is a) don’t wear socks on steep hardwood stairs and b) stop multi-tasking so much. If I need to turn the light off, I will stop and do that, then I will go down the stairs. Barefoot or in sneakers. Et cetera.
I`ve always been a bit of a multi-tasker – and motherhood certainly has reinforced that. However, I`m going to try and break the habit. I want to move forward with intention. Mindfulness. Focus. Appreciation.
And yarn ;)
*I can’t be the only person who thinks that time free to nap or knit is fun, right?