What you can, not what you can’t

Do what you canBeing mindful means being aware. We practice being aware because our default otherwise is to live on auto pilot, with minutes, hours and days – our lives – just passing us by.

I have found this saying useful.

“Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.”

It is a saying that President Roosevelt quotes in his autobiography as a philosophy he lived by. My life is not as complicated as his but I still find the saying applicable to my day to day.

The saying makes me aware of myself. It makes me aware of the resources I have. And finally it makes me aware of where I am i.e. the situation I am in.

We are all in situations where we want to make a difference, to help. This is a positive thing. It is also positive to be aware of what you can do – and what you can’t.

Mindfulness is a lot to do with noticing reality – or put another way being aware of what is. This includes being aware of how we can make difference, using what we have to make a positive difference to those around us. It also includes being aware of when we cannot make a difference – but perhaps where others can.

Hope you find the saying useful in knowing when you can make a positive difference this week, while also looking after your wellbeing.

This is Mindful Monday on 4 November 2019.

Join Sara Shailer and Julie Hill for an evening of mindfulness on the theme of the uniqueness of our life journeys at the Oasis in Cheltenham tonight. To book and for more details, email hello@essenccheltenham.org

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