The other day my husband asked if I’d stop by the store to get some butter, so he could finish preparing the meal he was cooking. No big deal, I was near Target so I’d stop and pick up a few things.
3 things total, to be exact. The butter needed to finish cooking, some vitamins as I was running low on my current bottle and some stroopwafels, because Target is the only place I can find them in Oklahoma City and they’re usually on sale.
I scanned the items with my Cartwheel app and discovered discounts for the butter and vitamins.
I go to the self check out and make my purchase, grab my receipt and bag, and start heading back home.
As I’m driving, I realised I had no idea how much my purchase was. I didn’t pay attention at all when I finished my transaction. I honestly had no idea how much these 3 items cost me.
How many times do we go through our lives without paying attention? Have you driven some place and couldn’t remember anything about the drive? Eating potato chips and realize you finished the whole bag.
Guess this is why it’s called Practicing Mindfulness and not Perfecting Mindfulness.
There’s always an opportunity to practice.