On a workshop I taught over the summer, I asked participants to create an image to take home with them. A photograph that would prompt them to reflect on particular qualities they would like to enhance in their life. Something they wanted to make more time for. An attitude they wanted to cultivate. Or perhaps simply a reminder of the peace and relaxation they had experienced during our few days together. As someone suggested, a picture that they might stick on the refrigerator, or even turn into a fridge magnet!
I find these little prompts and nudges can be so useful as I get back into my daily and weekly routine. After less than a week it can feel as if you never had a break and time flies by. Before I know it, Christmas has arrived and the weeks have disappeared in a blur. What gets lost in this hectic whirlwind is the time to just ‘be.’ It is so easy to bounce from one thing to the next and spend any time between in a numb state of neither being nor doing. Watching TV and scrolling though Facebook posts come to mind…
Perhaps our good intentions become lost in the mayhem, or we never feel we have the time. We slip back into our habitual ways of responding, because this is the line of least resistance. That’s when a picture on the fridge comes into its own. A simple daily reminder of our good intentions for bringing change and improvements into our life. A magnet for the future!
If you want to try this yourself, here are three simple ideas for decorating your own fridge:
- A peaceful scene from a favourite holiday destination
- An image to evoke a sense of space, freedom, openness…you get the idea!
- Something that makes you smile
*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the innocent!