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What are you Noticing?

Taking time to notice the little things

· Something to Try,Attention

I am feeling really grateful today. I have a beautiful place to stay whilst the world tackles the pandemic. I have all that I need. Food, shelter and access to the outdoors. I am alone but I have my dog for company, and I am connected with people near and far through the magic of technology.

I know people are experiencing very different circumstances across the UK and the world, and my heart goes out to all those who are struggling to adjust to their current situation.

As with any challenging time, or even just everyday life, it is all too easy to get caught up in the negative, what is lacking, fear of the unknown and who can we blame.

But when we stop for a minute, and pay attention to the small things in life, we can notice just how much good there is, even when at first glance it really doesn't feel that way.

It may be looking up at the bright blue sky, listening to the birds singing, noticing new leaves beginning to emerge, seeing your child smile or laugh, noticing the food you have to eat and pausing to appreciate how many people were involved in getting it to your table, enjoying a phone call with a friend, taking five minutes to gaze out of the window and notice what you see, or perhaps seeing a strength in a family member you'd not been aware of before.

It may feel frivolous to be focusing on the positive when so many are suffering but it is essential to our own well-being. We all need to do all we can to stay healthy. Yes, certainly that includes all the social isolation measures to slow the spread of the virus but, it also is important to take good care of ourselves so our immune systems are best able to fight the virus when we come into contact with it.

What have you noticed today? When you've given time and attention have you noticed something that surprises or delights you? Do share, I'd love to hear.

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