This morning’s job was to prepare rhubarb and apple for the pot. I had traded some eggs for some delicious homegrown rhubarb (a favourite of mine as it elicits wonderful childhood memories of my grandmother’s garden, and the warmth and smells of her kitchen), which I frustratingly have yet to be successful in growing. To compliment the rhubarb, I had grabbed some cheap fuji apples from our local organic veggie store. These apples, sold as “juicing” apples, were regarded as lesser quality due to the blemishes on their skin.
As I chopped this morning, I began to think about how much fresh food we waste in our society, simply because it is slightly misshapen, or has a mark where it has rubbed on a branch or another piece of fruit. I remember having this conversation with a local organic apple grower during the apple season. She noted how much fruit went to waste on the ground, that could not be sold, and I left her with my head full of dreams and ideas of working with her next year and collecting them to make beautiful apple cider vinegar. And this morning I began to wonder about how many more people could benefit from the nutrition provided by this wonderful fresh food if we were not so fixated on it being aesthetically perfect. Focussing on this narrow view, it is easy to lose sight of the many positive qualities of this fresh food: these apples were beautifully red, and sweet and juicy right to the core.
How often do we also apply these rules of perfection to ourselves? We observe our bodies through the ideals presented to us in the media, and judge ourselves harshly when we do not meet the standard , rejecting much or our our worth and value as we do so. Just like the apple, in focussing so narrowly on an unattainable definition of our own beauty, we lose sight of all the wonderful and special things which we have to offer. It is time to reframe the way we look at ourselves and see ourselves for the sweet and juicy apples we are all the way to our core. #alifesimplylivedpsychology#ruralpsychologist#theperfectionmyth#perception... See MoreSee Less
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Today I’m hanging out with my humans. I have really enjoyed having them at home all the time, loads of extra cuddles and pats. But I’m also missing my people at work - grown up ones, little ones, ones that like to pay my head, ones that like me to lay at their feet, new ones, and ones who I know well. Naomi has told me it won’t be long now, and I have been brushing up on listening to her instructions and remembering my manners, ready to come back to work. See you very very soon! ❤️ Gemma #alifesimplylivedpsychology#ruralpsychologist#AAT#gemmatherapydog#notlongnow... See MoreSee Less
Over time, these sheep have learned to stay in the paddock. The boundary, aka electric fence, has consistently warned them when they get too close, and clearly sent a clear message about what is ok and what is not. Occasionally, a sheep will burst its way through and needs to be reminded and lead back to where is should be...... in the same way the sheep learn to stay within the boundaries of the paddock, others learn our boundaries when we send clear consistent messages about when they are getting too close to them, or when they are crossed. We need to remember that just like the electric fence, we teach others how to treat us. When we don’t hold our boundaries it allows others to wander wherever they like, often leaving damage and frustration in their wake. While the “zap” of the boundary being called may be uncomfortable in the moment, in the longer term it is essential for a sense of safety and peace. #alifesimplylivedpsychology#ruralpsychologist#boundaries #boundarysetting #safety... See MoreSee Less
What makes a good leader? Having a clear purpose and communicating it! Gently pushing people to be the very best they can be because you believe in them when they don’t believe in themselves, and helping them feel safe because they know you have their back. Leading from behind is all about observing, understanding, acceptance, compassion and inspiration...... #alifesimplylivedpsychology#ruralpsychologist #leadership ... See MoreSee Less