Okay, so I signed up for this Mindfulness Summit for the month of October. Talks every day online given by some of the best meditation/mindfulness people in the English speaking world. And, yes, I’m loving it. Meditating every day, paying attention to my breath, trying NOT to multitask (mighty hard for someone who cannot sit and watch TV without doing something else and can’t go for a walk without my iPod and listening to a podcast or a book) Anyway, one of the the biggest messages I’ve been hearing the past four days is “Be where you are.” “Pay attention to what you are doing” “If you are here, BE here.” “Notice what’s around you.” (Elin, you say it ALL the time…I just don’t do it)
Ummmm…so how’s that working for me? Welllll…not so great yesterday.
Jerry and I went to the beach yesterday to do a quick “turtle walk”…Nothing happening on our zone and no “excavations” scheduled…Just going to do a quick check. We went later than usual..after yoga….and so when we arrived to the parking lot, there were cars in it (unlike the days when we were going around 6:30 AM and no one else was around.) Anyway, to make a long sad story short, I started to head to the end of the lot, realized there were no spaces there and slowly backed up to park at the other end, watching VERY carefully to make sure I didn’t hit any parked cars on my way back. (Please note there are parking space in this lot only on the right side of the car) I was also gabbing with Jerry while I backed up. (what did I say about multitasking???) Anyway, all of a sudden I heard a CRUNCH…a BIG crunch…and looked to my left, stunned.
Yep, there was this tree that had jumped out and stood in my way on the left and decided to take off my driver’s side mirror. It is now hanging by a thread. So much for paying attention to what I was doing, being where I was, noticing what’s around you (that TREE had no business being the middle of the lot!)
So tomorrow, in between yoga, chiropractor and tutoring, I need to bring the car in for an estimate and I am so not happy. Jerry isn’t happy either but he is kind enough not to say much since he knows I already feel terrible about the whole mess. We’re hoping they can work on it while we’re in New England later on in the week for a memorial service for Jerry’s sister who died in July.
Moral of the story: Be where you are. Pay attention to what you are doing. Do not multitask (talking and driving are multitasking for me). And notice what’s around you…even trees you never noticed before.
Also, you might want to check out the Mindfulness Summit which I think is wonderful (unless you’re afraid it might make you drive into trees on a beautiful Saturday morning)