For those of us of a certain generation, you might remember ‘Are You Being Served?’ from the 70s and 80s, an innuendo packed sit-com set in a UK department store. I probably didn’t know how to spell innuendo back then, and I did so love the programme.
Being ‘served’ is a word I find very helpful in terms of my mental health. Even during the roughest of times, we still have some choices we can make and with choice comes empowerment. What serves you well? What no longer serves you? If we don’t run an audit with a reasonable degree of regularity, those things that are playing small or big parts in our lives (regular or occasional) could be running askew and we could be missing a trick.
Who do you give your time to and how do you feel before and after? What is routine doing to you? Does it keep you inside your parallel lines or restrict you? You are in command. You are the customer. They (whoever they are!) say a change is as good as a rest. Perhaps there are departments and counters you have yet to try. And they might serve you well.
I need to take my own advice and so in the words of Mr Humphries “I’m free” - it's time to refresh things a little and shop around.
The room above the garage
A Moodscope member.