Things are pretty hectic right now. John Wood, Founder and Board Chair of Room to Read, hits Brisbane for a whirlwind 30 hours next Tuesday. While there is a team of people engaged in the events for this visit, there’s still much for me to think about, plan, bring together and make happen!
To add to the mix, on John’s second day in Brisbane, I start back at uni, doing a Master of Development Practice. Three days later, Michael’s new shop opens. He’ll be in his third week of his own uni studies (Bachelor of Ministry) and has a range of big projects on the go, with which I support him however I can. And that’s not to mention the assortment of other ‘stuff’ going on outside of those five days… I won’t write anything else down because I’ll just scare myself!
These are all wonderful, positive things, about which I am immensely excited. Each is opening up a world of possibilities and represents an amazing opportunity and blessing. But that doesn’t make it all easy to juggle!
Now this post is not about complaining. On the contrary, it’s about a little thought I had a few moments ago while I was out for the all-important head-clearing walk.
I suddenly realised that despite all the ‘stuff’ – led by the tyranny of the urgent – each day is full of so much happiness, life and love that I can’t help but sail through it all. As I was walking, I was struck by all the little things in my day that had made me happy – had caused me to smile, laugh, feel a sense of peace or a buzz of excitement. When I started to reflect deliberately on them, I wondered how anything negative, stressful or unpleasant could even fit in my life!
Just today, which I spent mostly at my computer busily working away, I was made happy by:
– The cup of Rooibos earl grey tea I had this morning. Delish.
– Michael looking calm and kinda happy (despite the tiredness!) as he left for work this morning.
– A beautiful conversation filled with unsolicited morale-boosting support and encouragement
– The elderly coupled that smiled as I walked past
– The cream cheese and crackers I snacked on this afternoon – too deliciously simple for words!
– The tangible calm I felt as I walked just a few blocks
– A text message that made me laugh
– An email that made me laugh
– The freedom of standing in my loungeroom stretching and messing with yoga poses in a bit of down time
– A few big RSVPs for the Room to Read events
– Achieving a task I was set to deliver by a certain hour (and getting it in not a minute early, and not a minute late!) 🙂
– Determining that at least one of my lecturers is a lovely person
– Getting home from my walk and having no missed calls and no new emails!
– Turning to see the sunset off my balcony turning a sky full of drab clouds into an endless layer of soft, playful colour
– Getting to do a blog post, despite all the other ‘stuff’ going on!
And I’m sure there are even more – these are just off the top of my head for the last 12 hours!
There was really no particular point to this exercise – I’m not now going to try and ensure that every day includes a Rooibos tea, some crackers and at least one good-news email! But having spent some good time reflecting on all this happy stuff, I’m now much more ready and zoned for the next hurdle.
Hurdle? What hurdle?