I have learnt a new idea about what to do by myself every morning when no-one is watching. It’s perhaps the most exhilarating 10 minutes you can spend with yourself. I have just done it, and before leaving my hotel room, am going to share this gem with you… if you dare!
I’m in Phuket and a bit disappointed. I have visited here four times previously, twice in the late 80s, twice in the early 90s (different girlfriend each time- those were the days!). I haven’t been back for almost 20 years. Until this business trip brought me here for two days. Phuket has changed. For me, for the worse. Over-developed, dirty, crowded. For others no doubt, for the better. And it is still a beautiful place.
But I cheered up when I focused my thoughts on how fortunate I am to have been here many times before, filled with laughter, sunshine and fun. I took those memories with me to the very quiet 10 minutes I spent with myself just after I woke up. This is what I did, and why I encourage you to give it a go too.
Every morning, I spend 10 minutes ‘being grateful’ for all the great things I have in my life.
Stop. Don’t delete this post. I have not gone all herbally and burning josh sticks and stuff like that. Just sit with this idea for a minute. It really is powerful. It’s like injecting yourself with a dose of optimism and goodwill. And it only takes 10 minutes.
I read this idea somewhere a few weeks ago, and have been giving it a go. Here’s how it works. Before your day gets its momentum and you get washed away in busyness, pause, sit, reflect- for 10 minutes- about all the great things that you have in your life. For me, this morning, I reflected upon…
- My health, fitness and well being- it’s better than it’s been in 20 years… I ran for an hour yesterday, and could have done another 30 minutes
- My family- are well, safe, evolving, secure; I am so excited by them and what the future holds (fingers crossed)
- My mother- is visiting family in South Africa and is happy… plus out of my (not very lush) hair for two months
- The opportunity I get to travel to interesting places, like Phuket- I don’t take it for granted
- The fact I have had a life filled with exciting relationships – including the opportunity to have had four Phuket adventures decades ago with wonderful, intelligent, vibrant girl friends
- My opportunity in an hour to present to 20 senior business people a confronting yet deeply personal road map on how to keep learning and growing
- My ability at 5.30 pm tonight to run along a beach and watch the sunset (it’s rare to be able to see the sun set over the ocean when you live in Sydney)
And that took 10 minutes. I finished that reflection with a lighter heart, a spring in my step, a recharged resilience to tackle the myriad of pressure, expectations of me, issues and irritations that the next 15 hours will bring.
For some, this 10 minute reflection would lead them to a sense of gratefulness to a higher being- perhaps a God. For me that’s not the case- it’s simply quiet reflection that I am extremely lucky and need to remind myself of that every single day.
Give it a go.