So after a gentle nudge from a dear friend (thanks go out to her xxx) I find myself here new to the blogging world and here goes:
I used strongly believe that my personal happiness and success was measured by how far I went in the business world. It's amazing what a few more years of hanging around this world do to clear your head and set yourself straight. I have had 5 years now away from the corporate ladder (really didn't get that high) and I haven't missed it a bit. Whilst I am no longer interested in business management, human resourcing, budget forecasts and team leading, I have, however realised that there is a certain level of responsibility that I crave and enjoy. With my youngest child recently settled into Prep, the urge to take on more responsibility has become apparent (weird I know, you'd think I would want to relax!) and its time to do something about it.
So today starts off like any other day...wake up, good morning greetings, kisses and cuddles for sleepy heads, shower, dress in suitable work attire (no high heals thanks to a new leg injury), lunches made and packed, breakfast eaten by all and make up done. Me thinking to myself with less than 5 minutes to spare "Phew did that well today", only to realise that little miss 5yo still hasn't had her hair done for school. Her hair is long (half way down her back) and thick, as a general rule a "more than 5 minute" job....needless to say the morning ends up feeling busy and it's a rush out the door and off to work.
Work today was the scene for my new challenge - take on those new responsiblities. As we all know learning takes time, its a process of watch & listen, put it into practice, perhaps make a few mistakes (I did), get help where necessary (I did, thanks Boss!!), perfect your mistakes, learn from them and then succeed with the task completed correctly...smooth sailing right???? During today's steep learning curve the phones for work crashed, IT were in a frenzy, we in customer service were in a frenzy, customers were in a frenzy and 5.00pm Friday couldn't get here quick enough. I left work feeling tired and frazzled, but strangely content...My mission to learn and take on new responsibilities and kick the brain up a notch, all achieved. But with two children to still collect, bags to unpack etc etc, my moments of Zen still seemed miles away.
Like all humans, as I have gotten older I have begun to know myself better. I now know that no matter what I do each day, one of the most important things that I can do for myself and my ever thinking and busy little mind is to somewhere, somehow find that little moment of peace and calm, to really take that moment, reflect on it, enjoy it and let my mind and body stop and relax! Today, that moment came in the form of a Dachshund (or as we like to call them in our house "Snitzel Von Krumms").
My son and I went for a walk in the evening, happily walking and talking. I still hadn't really slowed down and calmed my mind. Walking and talking, walking and talking and then along came Snitzel! He was cute, we stopped talking, smiled and looked. Little legs trotting along, tail wagging, floppy ears jiggling, cute, cute, cute. We whispered to each other on how cute he was and watching him walk on by. Big smile on me, big smile on my little boys face and a big smile on the owners face as he watched us smiling at his cute dog. Simple happiness shared by 3 complete strangers and one happy little dog. As I walked along, my son now further along on his scooter, I reflected on that quick moment of shared happiness, calmness and peace today wrapped up and presented in the form of a dog.