Perspective {Word Of The Week}


It’s Wednesday morning.

I know I need to be in work early.

I have that horrendous Year 10 class, so I need to be all set up. The deputy head will probably be sat in there too because they really are that horrible.

I need to get my son to Nana’s, and drop the dogs off for their hair cut.

But I forgot to get the cash I needed last night so need to go this morning.

The first cash point doesn’t work.

So I go to the next one. It’ll only take a minute!

A teenage boy is walking over to me, what the bloody hell does he want? I haven’t got time for this.

“Excuse me, you car is rolling backwards!”

And then I turn around. My car is indeed rolling backwards. My son is in the back. And time stands still.

One lovely teenage boy is racing after it to try and stop it. I run after it, not entirely sure what to do. In all the stress of worrying about getting to work I had completely forgotten to put the handbrake on.

Suddenly nothing else in the world matters other than getting to my son.

Luckily a white Audi breaks the momentum and they hit. I say luckily because the alternative was heading out backwards onto a main road and I can’t even begin to think about the what-ifs should that have happened.

For the second time this week it has put things into perspective.

It really doesn’t matter if I’m a few minutes late for work. Or that the deputy head may see me having an off day. What does matter is that my son is safe and my focus is on him.

Because when it comes down to it my family are my world and nothing else is more important.

So on days when I’m feeling a bit crap, work is overwhelming and the pressure of being a modern day mum all feels a bit too much I need to remember how lucky I am to have my lovely family and to have our health.

Hearing the sad news this week about the death of Lynda Bellingham made that so clear. It’s all about keeping it in perspective and remembering what really matters

Nobody was hurt in the bump and my little man was completely unaware of the drama.  On opening the car door he piped up, “Mummy, did you get some money?”

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  1. October 23, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    So glad to hear everything was ok, what a fright you must have got!

  2. October 23, 2014 / 4:15 pm

    Gosh, that must have give you a terrible fright, I’m so glad that no one was hurt. Moments like this really do put things in perspective x #WotW #brilliantblogposts
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  3. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    October 24, 2014 / 3:32 am

    Oh bless him. I know you must have felt so incredibly scared but phew that he’s ok. Love the little quip when you opened the door! This is exactly the sort of perspective I have finally listened to this week. I have handed my notice in at work. Life is too short to be unhappy and not to spend the time with H while I can xx
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  4. October 24, 2014 / 4:57 am

    Oh hon I’m so pleased no-one was hurt and it’s put things into perspective for you. A few years ago one of my best friends left the handbrake off her 4 wheel drive and it rolled down and crushed her against a massive rock. She had a very near miss, but has since completely recovered thankfully. Boy did the phone call with that news put life into perspective for me… hope your weekend is calmer xx #brilliantblogposts
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  5. alexandra mayhew
    October 24, 2014 / 5:53 am

    Oh my gosh, my heart was racing reading this! So glad little one was ok 😀 Something like that does indeed put things into perspective. We’re all guilty of getting bogged down by the unimportant things X

  6. Beth Twinderelmo
    October 24, 2014 / 5:54 am

    Glad no one was hurt. Lynda Bellingham has really struck a chord with me this week too. You are so right. I just wish it didn’t take such bad things for me to realise this x
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  7. October 24, 2014 / 6:10 am

    Oh my goodness what a frightening moment for you. So glad that your son was fine. Nothing like a big scare like that to put the little things into perspective though. Hope your day got better after that and that you have a good weekend x
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  8. Iona@Redpeffer
    October 24, 2014 / 8:30 am

    Oh my goodness, how stressful. That happened to me once, but I was the child in the car as it started to roll backwards at a petrol station. Luckily I was old enough to know what to do-now it’s one of our ‘stories’ in the memory banks! It’s so easy to get caught up in things though, and Im so glad that in the end everyone was fine-as you say that is all that really matters x
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  9. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
    October 24, 2014 / 9:55 am

    I am so glad that you both are safe. Im not breathing until i know that the car stopped and your son is safe. Really show what we should prioritize. Made me think of my days as well as I am always worried of small things and … just thanks for sharing this post #brillblogposts #wotw
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  10. October 24, 2014 / 11:42 am

    Oh my, so, so scary. Glad that no-one was hurt and your son is fine. It is things like this that do make you stop and think, as it’s so easy to get caught in the treadmill of the never ending ‘to-do’s. Perspective is a powerful thing x Thanks for sharing with #WotW
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  11. October 24, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    How scary for you, but thankfully the teen did the right thing – they’re not all bad – and your boy seems unscathed ! It doesn’t bear to think about what might have been, a great word of the week.
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  12. October 24, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    Gosh so glad that story had a happy ending. I used to have a reoccurring dream about almost that exact scenario bizarrely enough! You are so right that we need to keep things in perspective – it’s all to easy to focus on small concerns and lose sight of what’s really important. I hope those horrid year 10s settle down soon though – I’ve had my fair share of classes like that and it’s no fun at all! 🙂
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  13. October 26, 2014 / 5:46 pm

    Oh hun, relate to this, I had a tough teaching gig for 6 months years back at a sixth form and it nearly broke me, I felt more social worker than teacher…relieved your son was OK and all ended well, sending hugs and you are so right about perspective but it’s therapeutic to have a cry or get things down to help you process the stressful times. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts
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  14. October 27, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    Oh crikey Jo!!! So glad you are both ok – must have been terrifying for you. You are very right though, that it puts everything in perspective and at times we all need to remember how lucky we are xxxxx
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    • October 27, 2014 / 10:02 pm

      It was awful Katie, I just about managed to hold it together whilst we exchanged details but then got in the car and sobbed. By the time I got to my mums I could barely breathe I was crying so much! So annoyed with myself for letting work stuff cloud my head to the point I was concentrating on O. xx

  15. Heledd
    October 29, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    OOOoooooh! What a horrendous moment. I can’t imagine what you went through in those moments! Thank goodness your boy was okay.

    I try to remind myself (every day) to appreciate the little moments, the giggles and cuddles. Life is short and precious, so family must comes first.

    Hope you’ve had a better week xxx
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  16. November 12, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    Life is all about perspective if you ask me, and this is a brilliant illustration. It’s so easy to get worked up over the little stuff that no one is going to care about in ten years/a year/a week’s time. And urgh to the year 10s!
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