Snap happy

Snap happy: Cherish those details

I may have insisted you look up in a recent post. But at the beginning of January, just after the old Christmas trees have been left out for collection, I invite you to look down instead.

Why? Because, chances are, your pavements will be lined with little pine needles.

In a month that is anything but festive, it's like Christmas - and all its warmth - is laying down its protective blanket to see us safely into the new year.

I guess you could see this as the bitter end and a mark it really is over. 

But for me, these trees and these symbols of home and of family - scattered as they are beneath us as we venture out to face the world (and in my case the world of work) - are a reminder that the real spirit of Christmas should be carried with you every day and not reserved for a December day that might not always live up to expectations.

(NB: I did take a snap but pine needles on a drain in the dark don't really quite do the idea justice. You'll have to just believe me.) 

Snap happy: the road to recovery

This road is one of the most important roads in my life (not that I rank such things, but you know what I mean).

It was on this road that I went on my first run during chemo, determined as I was then to keep the drug weight off and the dream of a 10k race in my sights. It was on this road that my dad (on the same day) returned to running after a long period of rest due to injury. 

This road gave him the chance to think he could again move forward.

And it was to this road that I returned this November to regain my confidence after four months of injury and pick up the pace once more. I jogged/ran 5km without stopping and if that isn't progress toward the marathon wedding, then I don't know what is. 

This road - and my dad running beside me - gave me the confidence to believe I could make that start line. 

It showed me that fear is often our biggest obstacle. 

And overcoming that fear, the best feeling in the world.

PS: this was my view last Friday morning on a run in to work because I decided to face those fears. And facing those fears was better than I could have ever imagined. Beautiful!

Snap happy: There is blue sky beyond those clouds

A course in mindfulness has changed the way I think about flying. It hasn't made the airplane food any tastier (unfortunately) or the terminal chairs any comfier. 

But, every time I travel above this carpet of clouds, I am reminded of something my brilliant teacher once said.

Think of happiness as a blue sky and thoughts as clouds. The blue sky is always there, but sometimes you have to travel through the clouds to find it. Clouds are but moments in time that pass. 

It's a rainy day at home but, right now, here in the sky, the sun is shining. I know that even on the cloudiest day, there will always be a way back to the sunshine. 

May you find you own piece of sunshine today.

To find out more about my thoughts on mindfulness read my 10 mindfulness tips for making you better at business