30 January


The first month of the new year is coming to a close. Did it drag along for you or whiz past without you even noticing? Time passes at different speeds for everyone. I know that the hands of the clock move at the same speed every day but I also know that an hour in the middle of the night when sleep eludes me and the wind is howling outside passes much more slowly than one spent in front of a roaring fire with a gripping book.

Unfortunately it is usually only those periods when we long for time to pass more quickly that we actually notice its passing. The rest of the time the seconds, minutes and hours pass without ever being acknowledged.

Time and again we are told that this life is not a dress rehearsal, it’s the real thing, yet still we let the days go by in an unaccounted blur.

February is the shortest month, it apparently takes 21 days for an action to become a habit so there is plenty of time to create a new habit next month.

Notice every day. Appreciate the change in the weather, the changes in your body as the weather changes. Notice if there are more or less people out and about each day. Notice if there are any new birds in your garden. Eat more slowly and savour each mouthful. Take part in conversations rather than nodding and thinking about what you are planning to do next. Take a different route to work and notice your surroundings.

Make February the month you notice.