It's the little things...
It’s the little things…
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been aware of a bird flying past me as I duck into the log shed to fill up the log basket. On Monday, I took time to look up as the bird flapped past and saw the most beautifully crafted nest with three little eggs. How long has the nest been there? I cannot tell you because I clearly haven’t been paying attention! Luckily, the weather is beginning to warm up, so I can leave the log shed in peace for the next few weeks, but I do admit to having a wee peek now and then!
It got me to thinking about how easy it is to miss the little things.
We are all going through such challenging times just now. Each one of us is having to change the way we live, in some way. It’s hard! Following the social distancing and self-isolation guidance is meaning that we are not seeing our family and friends. Many of us have lost our jobs or, at the very least, have had to change how we are working.
What I miss most: Hugs. Being with my Grandkids. Hugs. Being with my kids (yes, in that order!!!). Hugs. Being able to pop in to visit friends and family.
What I am finding particularly hard: Constant solitude (it’s ok if I choose it but this is not on my terms?!). Financial impact of having had to cancel workshops and appointments, as well as the temporary loss of some music pupils.
What I am enjoying: Slower pace of life. My garden. Weather. Family contact on WhatsApp and Zoom.
What I am grateful for: Life. My family. Living in rural Aberdeenshire. My garden. My home. Zoom! Additional hours of work from Aberdeen City Music School and the online AndBreathe work that is gradually building up again. For all the challenges and trauma I have previously experienced, that have helped to prepare me for these challenging times (but memories have been triggered too). A nest with three little eggs. The little things in life.
What I can do to help myself: Rest. Continue to eat a healthy diet. Exercise. Be kind. Use the tools I share with everyone else!
What I am learning: I can share my vulnerability with my family. I still have onion layers to peel! I still need reminding to stop and appreciate the little things in life.
Because the little things are really NOT little things. xx
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