Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Camels and the pursuit of calm

Here is another shot of those wonderful camels, on a different day just loping along the beach without a care in the world. Reminding us all it is about the journey not the destination.

I have spent a lot of time lately getting "organised" so I can juggle work, the kids and our home. But somehow I lost sight of some of the most precious lessons I have learned.........time to slow down and refocus.

Yesterday I listened to myself for the first time in ages describing the things I had to do - that list in my head - first this then this then this and then maybe this...I haven't had that internal dialogue going for quite some time. And it can be so destructive.

Once you make your whole existence about the need to get things done, about things that have to be ticked off the "list" then you lose sight of the fact that doing those things accomplishing those tasks - is your LIFE - not in a definitive way but in a you breathe and move through these moments, this is what it is and you must find the way to love it or all you are doing is going through the motions.

I bet not one of those people is sitting on those camels thinking "hurry up I need to put the washing on, and then vacuum and cut the beans up".

I told you camels are a good visual - now I have identified my thought processes - I need to refocus and get back to the basics, so I can enjoy working, my family and my home again and find joy in all the things I love to do becasue I love to do them not because they must be done.

I found this sign in a shop in the village a few months ago I have put it on the wall leading into the kitchen/dining/family room and for a few weeks now I have walked past it without "seeing" it.

A calmer me sets forth this morning to attend the daisyboys school mass, do some cleaning, washing, cooking and sewing.

And remind myself of those camels and how they glide through the journey leaving barely a footprint - and seeing my sign that tells me the joy is found in the simple things, and in keeping things simple.

Have a fabulous day



joolzmac said...

Hi Daisymum

Lovely post! I just read Rhonda Jeans post on slowing down and appreciating what's around us and doing things around the house because it brings pleasure not because it has to be done. Your post backed it up beautifully.

Enjoy your day,

Cheers - Joolz

daisymum7 said...

Just got back froom the school drop off and read Rhondas post too. Must be the day for it hey??