Do you have a happy place?
Today I found one of mine and I thought I would share it with you all …
Last night, I sat and reflected on the tough emotional day I’d had, feeling flat, empty, with no more tears to cry…. it was in that moment that I saw I had a choice. I could spend my Sunday wallowing in how I felt and waste the beauty and opportunity of a free day to myself or I could choose to spend the day filling my bucket.
So, I set my intent, googled a few options and I was set … I wanted to spend my day watching and listening to a magnificent and powerful waterfall.
So, this morning, I set out on my mission, and found just what I was looking for.
As I took the steps down to the viewing platform I could not wipe the smile from my face. I could hear the powerful, gushing fall! As I arrived at the platform I was in awe of how close I was to the fall. I could feel the power of the water crashing over the rocks, I could smell the fresh water and mist filling the air, the sound of the falls were so loud that I could think of nothing else. My heart was beating fast in sync with the intensity of the water…. I was in heaven!
With not another care in the world, I sat for hours, with no phone service, the sun shining, the fresh breeze coming off the water, the powerful water crashing loudly against the rocks beneath it … and with a smile from ear to ear!
After some time, I noticed my heart rate had slowed to a calm beat, and I had that swelling feeling in my chest – a fullness in my heart.
I had the pleasure of taking photos for couples, families and tourists…. And it brought a tear to my eye when a woman stopped to ask if I was ok. She said, “you look okay, but I wanted to check”. I was touched that she asked and I happily reassured her that I was great and taking some time out! I could tell she understood! J
In this happy place It didn’t matter that I was the woman that felt fragile and vulnerable yesterday, or that I was the woman that left her marriage after 15 years, or that I was the woman that questioned whether she would be able to find true love or that I was the woman that felt she was on the edge of making a major life altering decision. None of these things mattered … I was at one with nature, that’s all that mattered.
It was in this moment I decided to consciously use this as an anchor to ground myself and reset. Knowing in the weeks and months ahead I would be able to recall on this moment as an anchor to give me strength, clarity and peace when I needed it.
Do you have a happy place?
Finding your own happy place will prove to be more important as our lives continue to get busier and our expectations of ourselves get higher. Aside from the emotional curve balls life throws us, we have job pressures and are supposed to be ‘switched on’ all the time. Taking some time out – to find a peaceful, quiet stillness might just be the antidote to all the craziness of modern life. Stopping to take a break doesn’t mean we are weak – it means we understand the importance of reflecting to ‘refresh’ and ‘recharge’.
After some time out, we return to our fast-paced lives with fresh, new energy and a resilience to face it all again!
Michelle Brown – Head of Operations, BRG Learning and Development