My two children like to remind me from time to time about how I always (yes always they say!) used to serve them microwavable ready meals when I got back from work.
So imagine my delight on seeing a metal hanging picture for the kitchen featuring a microwave with the caption underneath saying Ping! Dinner is served.
I bought three and gave one each to them and kept one.
The other day Oli wrote something very true about the un-usefulness of ruminating. Going over stuff in our minds constantly that we said or did the night before. I printed it out and have kept it to remind me.
So bearing in mind that I ruminate a lot, and believing every sensible word Oli said, I have devised a strategy for stopping myself.
If I find myself going over and over something I said which I thought was stupid and embarrassing, I say "Ping! Present and Future"
For me this stops me in my tracks and I immediately focus on the present. It has the effect of relaxing my body too.
So a big thank you to Oli and to my wonderful children and the metal hanger.
I wonder... do you think of words to bring you into the present when the past gets too much?
(Let me know if you would like a reminder of Oli's words)
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