Last Sunday, I arrived to work to find my first client had cancelled . I knew this but hadn’t written it down or kept it in my brain – no one to blame but myself . I now had 75 minutes until my next client arrived.
I huffed and puffed to myself for a few minutes thinking of all I could have done at home if I hadn’t had to leave so soon . I could have finished the ironing , made a meal to come home to tonight , written a letter , heck I could have had a Sunday morning lie in ? ! I felt very grumpy and very cross with myself.
Then I gathered myself together and thought ok what ‘are ‘ you going to do with the hour ?
It was raining heavily and I was not equipped to go for a walk.
I went over to the cafe and quietly enjoyed the best cup of coffee I’ve had in a long time . As the time approached 11am, I prayed and kept 2 minutes silence in grateful memory . I thought about my grandfathers and great uncles in the wars and about my grandmothers at home waiting for them . And about the women whose men never came home again. I thought about the times as a sea cadet where I stood with others on parade at the Cenotaph and first felt the gravity and the gratefulness to those who went before. Lest we forget.
Then I went to my therapy room and lay down on the couch and gave myself reiki for 20 minutes. I listened to wonderful music . I breathed . I meditated . I now felt relaxed present and more than ready for my next client . I let go of the ‘ I could have done ‘ , stopped berating myself and made the most of ‘can do’. I had a wonderful hour.
How would you spend an hour of unexpected time away from home ( with no wifi?!)