There are moments when you suddenly realise what a commonly used expression really means, and why someone thought it up in the first place.
I’ve just had one of those lightbulb moments, while I’m driving in our motorhome with my husband Olley. Travelling through some stunning Somerset countryside between the beautiful city of Bath and the M5, with rolling hills, pretty stone churches and friendly looking villages bathed in glorious March sunshine, I really do feel ‘full of the joys of spring’!
We have planned a few days in Cornwall to celebrate my birthday and with the weather promising to be kind, I’m enjoying the anticipation of a few days off work and the feeling of being on the open road heading towards the seaside at St Ives.
We’ve always enjoyed hitting the road together – our honeymoon almost 29 years ago was three weeks driving around Italy – and as Olley likes to drive while I love to plan the journey with maps and guide books, we make a good team. The motorhome has opened up many more opportunities for us, as it is so much more affordable to travel when, tortoise-like, you carry your bed with you!
Roll on a few days and I’m picking up writing this again on our way home. It’s a good thing our bed came with us as I’ve spent most of the weekend in it! After enjoying our arrival afternoon exploring the gorgeous St Ives I was struck down with a nasty virus. What a waste of a holiday, poor Olley has spent most of it mopping my fevered brow and making me endless mugs of tea. Not what he had imagined! As we head home we have agreed that we will definitely return to the western end of Cornwall to complete unfinished business, namely to walk the coastal path and climb to the top of St Michael’s Mount. These photos give you an idea of how beautiful this part of the country is.
When you’re feeling ill and a bit miserable, it’s easy to dwell on the negative but I really try not to do that. The first sentence of the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr is something I try to live by. It says:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
I keep a little list of the simple things in life that make me feel happy and grateful. I’m not talking about the really important things like the health and happiness of those you love, but just little moments in life that it would be so easy to be too busy to notice but are there for us to enjoy on a daily basis. Taking a few seconds to acknowledge those moments on a regular basis can really help me feel lucky to be here. I wonder whether you have any similar parts of your daily life that you stop to appreciate? I’d love to hear about them! Here are some of the things on my list…
- Stepping outside the back door to listen to the birdsong in our garden – sometimes I can hear woodpeckers drumming too
- Taking time to consciously breathe in fresh air, filling my lungs
- Walking in the countryside
- Spotting the first signs of spring in the garden as the catkins and early flowers appear
- Tucking in to a bacon sandwich (for my full enjoyment that means white bread and butter – a rare indulgence – but no ketchup) with a cup of tea
- Tulips on the kitchen table
- Watching the birds (and squirrels) enjoying Richard Jackson’s bird food – sometimes they queue up for it!
- Collapsing into bed at the end of the day – especially with warm flannel sheets in winter and fresh clean bed linen at any time of year
- Laughing with Olley
- Feeling the water of a warm shower cascading over my head – and breathing in the fragrance of Liz Earle’s Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash
- Sunday evenings with no work on Monday
- Deep, blue sky…
- Watching my children talking and laughing together
- Eating a hot cross bun, or a slice of carrot cake with lemony cream cheese topping
- The feeling I have when I finish a yoga class
- A moment to myself at home, with no one there to ask anything of me! Just breathe…
Have a good Easter – I’m hoping to be back on air on Tuesday with the Morning Show and then celebrating the first anniversary of Logo by Lori Goldstein fashion at 11am. Hope to see you then!
Until then, take care