What a glorious weekend! I managed to get out in the garden and trim some bushes and even dig a tree out, and oh boy was that all hot work! Worth the effort in the end though I am pleased to say.
Whilst doing this I did reflect on my last lot of gardening a couple of weekends ago. The weather then was very changeable! I started in shorts and a t-shirt, then had to find a jumper and then a rain coat! A few minutes later the sun was out again and I was stripping off as now I was too hot. 10 mins later the rain coat was back on as the heavens opened once again! You know the deal…our glorious English summer
What struck me during this episode was how my mood could change with the weather. I think the rapid changes helped to emphasise this to me. In the sun I was happy and smiling and enjoying the warmth on my back. In the cold I was shivering and wishing I was somewhere else. In the rain I was feeling a tad bewildered and wanting things to change quickly. And with all this I remembered that in life, we don’t experience the weather, we only experience our thinking about the weather! What a great metaphor the weather can be for the “emotional weather” that we experience every day from our thinking.
You see, when our mood is high and we see things in a wider context, then little seems to bother us. We take everything in our stride. The metaphorical sun is on our backs and we smile as we enjoy the warmth and light of the experience. But within a second our attention can focus on another thought that takes us into a low mood. As with the rain, we focus on all the negative aspects and wish we were somewhere else and hoping that things will change quickly, but sadly too often we forget that our experience can change in a second with a single change of thought.
The truth is that we all only ever live in the feeling of our thinking in any moment, not in the feeling of the world. Our whole life experience is simply our reaction to our thinking of the moment, the thinking of the circumstances and the thinking of the people we are with. We cannot change the thoughts that pop into our head, as we cannot change the weather we experience, but we can choose how much attention we give our thinking and that can literally change our world.
This summer, do enjoy the good weather and any breaks that we get from it! If you wish to talk more about any of this then please do get in touch. Our passion is to help everyone grow their “Profit and Smiles” and if you wish to do so then we would be delighted to talk.
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