Recently my friend Louise and I had a virtual "chin wag," as the Brits call a chat. As she caught me up on her life in England, I was struck by the wisdom of something she wrote in her email:
"There have been so many hard days but, too, there have been days with just my daughter and me chatting over home schooling and walks to the park and cooking together - days full of beauty and hope, delicious food and laughter! We haven’t missed our frantic lives of early starts, racing to piano lessons and performing arts exams on weekends. I have slowed down overall…I guess it’s about appreciating the moment and enjoying what you can, because in an instant it can all change and be pulled from under you!"
Thanks, Louise, I needed that. It's often easier - or maybe simply a habit - to look at the negatives: what's going wrong, what's missing, what's challenging. And there sure is plenty of
to focus on. Appreciating the moment by being mindful can help shift our perspective to focus on the positives: what's going right, what we have, what we've accomplished. Below are some tips to help promote mindfulness, optimism and gratitude.