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Looking for Presents

I’m sure this is mindfulness. All my worries have disappeared. I’m in the moment. So much so I can’t even remember who’s present I’m searching for. Ah, I get it. Being in the present is a present! Haha.

I keep scrolling.

There is a subtle, underlying difference today. It’s the 1st December, my deadline. This present is due for an overseas destination, so needs to be found today (I can’t give too much away as our family does Kris Kringle).

I’ve started to feel like a NASA operations manager. Trying to keep cool under unspeakable pressure as the clock counts down.

There must be an easier way of doing this. I remember back to times in the past when I’ve found presents easily. Here’s the formula:

  1. Relax

  2. Think about the person and what they need

  3. Bring myself back to that if any other thoughts or distractions come in

  4. Let go of a time limit and expectations

  5. Go with my gut and ideas which pop into my head

Voila. Bingo. There it is. Just like that!

Now I can get distracted. What's this about? “7 ways of having a mindful Christmas”. I’ll pass on the seventh way because this is a popular one most clients have told me they’ll be doing over Christmas:

Create time for yourself

Clients have been telling me if they burn out and get exhausted they’re no good at work, home or with friends. I’ve heard some interesting, fun and relaxing things people will be doing to find time and create calm for themselves.

I guess people realise that being in the present is a present.

Something to think about...

Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is a mystery.

Today is a gift.

That's why we call it 'The Present'.

- Eleanor Roosevelt


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