• Lara Flanagan

Day 31 - 360 days

Day 31 – Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Non-essential purchases: none

Weight: 65.4 kg – 5.4 kilos in 29 days

Calories: Under 1200 calories

Alcohol: none (day 31 of 31)

Exercise: 60-minute walk. 17-minute yoga. 29-minute yoga. 10-minute yoga.

It is crazy how fast our world seems to be returning to normal after the COVID-19 year of 2020 (in Australia things seem to be getting back to normal in 2021) and the school holidays. Our little bubble seems to have burst, and I feel like I am being yanked out into the big wide world again.

I liked lock down. I liked not having to see people. It is not that I am anti-social but I increasingly like my own company and the gentle rhythm of the cottage or the van. Ever since I killed the television, I am not even hearing the news apart from when I am in the car for the hourly updates. I will always remember listening to the Dalai Lama speaking in Brisbane many years ago. Although he was hard to understand I do remember him saying that if people looked after their own backyards the world would be a better place.

I have realised I like looking after my backyard. The simplicity of that sort of life makes me happy.

We should do a little less of everything to be able to listen more – part 1 of no doubt, many parts

A 360-days musing......

I can feel a bit of a shift in the last 31 days. I know it is not just because of the 31 days, perhaps this challenge is the culmination of many little changes that I have been making over the last few years. I have become increasingly aware of how connected we are and how busy we are and how little most of us listen. We are too damn busy to be listening to anything. #busylife

When I picked the kids up from the bus stop today, I was a little early. As I pulled up it was really apparent how every single adult waiting in their separate cars was bowed. Their heads were bowed, and their eyes were focussed on a screen and in some cases, you could see the right-hand swiping, typing or tapping.

There was a woman just up from me whom I see occasionally. She is one of those women who has an opinion about everything. Also, apparently her kids don’t eat sugar, have no interest in consuming crap and she doesn’t even know how to use a smart phone as she has no time to waste on mindless technology. I was fascinated with the ferocity with which she was swiping. Pretty impressive for someone who doesn’t waste time on mindless technology.

I instinctively reached for my fun, but I stopped myself. I don’t want the kids to get off the bus and for the first thing they see to be me on the phone. I want them to know that I am ready to listen. I want to remind them that we don’t need to be permanently connected. I want to show them that there is a magic in daydreaming sometimes and listening to the breeze. But to show them that, I must use that bloody device less. Only then, will I be able to truly listen.

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