… I watched a little chap at my daughters sports day persevere as he kept on dropping his bean bag over and over and over again.
He picked it up, put it back on his table tennis bat and dropped it repeatedly until he realised that something needed to change.
All the other little people had finished the race (most of whom cheated I might add) but he picked up his bean bag one final time and on this occasion he put his hand behind his back and walked as slow as a snail, step by step to the finish line in full control and with little emotion. That small change of pace, adjustment and perseverance meant that he completed the race not only adhering to the rules but also learning something along the way.
Pausing, reflecting and re-booting is a little like this little boys experience. When I write my next steps I find it helpful to think of this example.
You see fundamentally I have most of the right things in place to keep moving forward but this small reflection time is beneficial. I have my weekly routines, I’m looking at my health, I’m practising mindfulness and being more present than ever before – everything is generally aligned but there is just one thing I need to do right now and this is my next step.
Like that little boy I know what I am doing, I know the technique, I know how to progress my journey to the finish line but I just need to slow down and take my time. After all I’ve got the rest of my life – enjoy it.
I hope this has served you in some small way.