The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments ~ Alek Wek
How often do we get so caught up in the busyness of life that we risk missing moments like the one in the image?
There used to be a saying about taking time to smell the roses and whenever life gets too frenetic and a bit over-whelming I find myself thinking about that one.
Alek Wek is so right about the most beautiful things in life being found in the moments that make up our memories and how often are those related to time spent with loved ones or in nature doing the things that cost nothing financially?
It’s a bit like when as children, we found as much fun making things out of the boxes our gifts came in as we did in the gifts themselves. Making a cardboard garage for the toy cars we received; or making a TV out of a box that had held a washing machine and putting on shows inside the frame we’d cut out.
The simple things in life are often the things we crave most. What did you miss most in lockdown for example? Certainly being able to meet a friend for a coffee was something that I missed terribly and I remember how excited one of my friends and I were the first time we were able to go for a walk together and then sit on a bench to chat (in fact we made do with a log because there wasn’t a bench nearby but got quite giddy about being able to sit for a while instead of having to keep walking as we chatted). What are the moments that you are most grateful for when you reminisce for a while?
As chaplains part of our role is to help you find ways of nourishing yourself, giving yourself time to explore what will help you to feel positive and hopeful in life. We are that listening ear that you can bounce thoughts, hopes or concerns onto. We’re here to listen whatever you would like to talk about and if you just want to break up your day with a light-hearted conversation that’s all good too.
On the fourth Monday of each month from 12 til 1pm we have a mindful activity session in the dining room of the Engine rooms covid rules permitting. You are very welcome to join us for a chat or simply to try out one of the craft activities for a bit of creative relaxation, or a few mindful moments.
If you don’t manage to catch up with a chaplain on site, as always you can contact us via email on email@example.com where you can request a call-back, or you are very welcome to call me directly on my mobile: 07526 378529 either to chat or to arrange a time to meet with one of the chaplains.
We also have a range of resources on our web-site including some that are more specific to the Covid-19 outbreak and some that help in dealing with stress: https://mite.org.uk
If you prefer you can easily keep in touch with us on social media: Facebook: @mitechaplaincy Twitter: @mitesthwarr
Image by Scott Ymker on unsplash.com