“Do you practise what you preach?” was the thoughtful question my gorgeous sister asked me last night as we ‘vibered’ back and forth from Australia to Ethiopia.
“Great question” was my response. “You have made me realise that the reason I believe in my blog is because I have been trying to practice what I preach and it has actually made such a difference to me, my kids and my teaching. So, even when I wonder if I am doing the right thing and check how many followers I have or even share my blog address with someone and the result is a blank face, I keep blogging because I know it makes a difference”.
My sister then wanted to know “What things have made the biggest difference? I am really interested.”
So, today my blog is the answer to that question.
*Searching for treasure. At different times we now stop to ask ‘What treasures have we experienced?’ (‘Hunting the good stuff’ is the other term) This is not just done at the end of the day but even when driving in the car.
*Living for the moment. We have noticed our surroundings a lot more. Things like clouds, blossom, trees…that refocusing amongst the busy times and pace.
*We have all realised the importance of play and at different times slot in small moments to enjoy. The Uno cards have made a big come back in our home.
*The reiterated knowledge that relationships are really what it is all about and that in this techno world we need to disconnect to connect. One way of doing this, is that as Spring has sprung we have together as a family walked to feed ducks together and be.
*Undivided attention. This has been a lot harder than I thought, but the desire and the effort is there to listen more carefully to conversations and those comments that kids give when they are actually giving me a privileged window into their world.
*I think a lot more about positive emotions, what they are, how they look in everyday experiences, especially when things go wrong or are difficult.
*Life is not always about succeeding and taking the safest option, but it is also about experimenting and being willing to explore options. It is about having grit when the going gets tough.
There is much more than this, but enough for now.
Overall, my writing and sharing on this blog has brought an awareness of the way I am perceiving things and it seems like my thoughts are slowly being rewired in a more positive way. But, not just me. My family are reading the blog, they are taking it on board, they give feedback and at times quote it back to me!! I love it and just want to share it with others and help make a difference.