There was a rustling in the bush behind me as I sat munching lunch one day last week.
Probably just a bird, I thought, and carried on eating a tasty Thai vege curry.
But the rustling continued, and began to sound distinctly un-birdlike, so I twizzled around and came face-to-face with – a gopher.
Coincidentally I’d heard a piece on the radio in the week about one woman’s battle with these little burrowing rodents, who were making an almighty mess of her garden, but this little fellow was actually pretty adorable (sorry gardeners).
He was chewing through substantial twigs (sorry Mary and Mike, Stanford grounds-people) and dragging them down into his burrow to eat, presumably, even though that doesn’t sound terribly appetising.
Gopher: What’s for lunch?
Gopher: Super. I think I’ll take the Stick Tartare, please.
Actually this small rodent/writer rendezvous made my day.
It also made me reflect on the number of times in my life when I haven’t turned round to pay proper attention.
How often have I ignored my surroundings, particularly when I’ve been going through a period of low mood?
So, however you’re currently doing, may I suggest upping your attention level as you go about your day today?
Although I can’t promise you a gopher, I’m certain you’ll notice something equally fascinating, and it’s a great (and pretty painless) way to give yourself a sneaky mood lift.