Let me tell you the story of George and the bike.
The traditional story is of George and the dragon, I know, but bear with me......
Often, its hard to persuade people that mindfulness is a real concept, that we can use practically in everyday life, it isn't just the time we spend in meditation. Those who come to my classes know I have a practical mindset, and like to encourage mindfulness to be something we use in everyday life.
A great example cropped up recently........
One of my work colleagues left the office, with a couple of us, at the end of the day. He found his quite expensive bike, in the public bike rack, with a great big lock on it, and a mobile telephone number to call.
His worry, as was ours, was that he was going to be faced with someone asking him for money to unlock his bike, so we waited whilst he called the number.
We could hear him chatting, and then giving us a "thumbs up" to be on our way. Going into the office the next day, we wondered what had happened.
Turns out that George, who had left his mobile number, is also a keen cyclist. Our work colleague had padlocked his bike in the morning to....nothing! George, locking his bike nearby, had noticed this, and since he had a spare lock, had put it on someone else's bike to stop it being stolen.
George could easily not have noticed this in his rush to get to work, or decided not to do anything helpful. He chose to be mindfully aware of his surroundings, and in doing so, to help others.
So, wherever you are George, you have an office of people who think you are a "top bloke", and a mindfulness based meditation teacher, who is using you as a great example of mindfulness in action!