Wicked Wednesday #5: being on autopilot

I think I’m getting a little bit addicted to writing a short mid-week post inspired by the Brummy Mummy of 2’s Wicked Wednesday ‘linky’.  It’s not that I’m meaning to be lazy or particularly flippant about mindfulness, it’s just well… to be honest I’m bloody busy at the moment.

If I’m not doing normal child-related things (either for my own 3 or for the 300 or so who I teach), I’m doing the extraordinary end of term events like helping with school fetes (my son and I ran the ‘pocket money stall’ at his primary school last weekend), sports days (my school’s last week, my son’s school this week) or chaperoning at the recent 6th form leavers’ party.  Or I’m trying to keep the house semi-presentable (I’m undeniably losing this battle at the moment as we have had plumbers in for most of the week and no hot water for 3 days) or attempting to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Anyway, I digress.  In essence I am in danger of living on autopilot and losing many of the mindful moments.  This means that I may risk not noticing much about the present moment as I am too busy planning and organising things for the future – my mind is increasingly not focused on the here and now.  This became crystal clear to me yesterday when this happened…..

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….AGAIN.  How many times has this buggy tipped up when I’ve loaded too much stuff on the back of it and then taken the twins out?!  Why have I not learned from this and altered my behaviour accordingly?!  This has happened more times than  I care to remember.

So as I don’t want this photo to sum up the forthcoming summer holiday (this was ‘strike day’ yesterday which was a rehearsal for me getting all 3 kids out of the house for a day by myself) I have vowed to try to be more mindful when I am carrying out routine tasks.  Rather than adopting the ‘doing mode’ all the time and therefore living on autopilot and following old habits, I will try and be more in the ‘being mode’.  I am hoping that this will mean less moments of having to pick the buggy up off the floor when it’s tipped over…

Is it just me or does this happen to anyone else?!

Two Tiny Hands


  1. twotinyhands
    July 7, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Oh no! It hasn’t happened to me yet as I’ve carried my little one everywhere since birth. If i transfer to buggy ever I’ll keep the tipping in mind. Accidents happen! Thanks for linking up to #abrandnewday

  2. July 7, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    THIS HAPPENS TO ME! Once? With a small baby in an I cried in tesco! Thanks so much for linking up to #wickedwednesdays and I can’t wait to see what you have for me next week! x

    • July 7, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Oh nooo – poor you, I’m sure the baby was fine and you were the one scarred by the experience. Both babies were safely out of the buggy when this one tipped up but it is so easily done. x

  3. July 7, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    At least the buggy had no children in! I have been known to load mine so much it has gone over with them still in it!
    Buggy weights for the front wheels are a great investment! #wickedwednesday

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