This place was quite literally the definition of mind-blowing.
If I wasn’t already, I’m in absolute awe of the code-breakers that were crucial to our victory in the Second World War. Though despite the hundreds of plaques we read and videos we watched, my brain still couldn’t quite fathom just how (?!) Even Mum, with her mathematically minded brain and super high IQ, looked absolutely frazzled and in pain at trying to comprehend it all.
What I did learn however, or what I was reminded of were the following:
1. The importance of play & exercise alongside hard work, for the benefits of productivity.
I think we all need to return to working and playing once again like our lives depended on it ~ whether playing or resting, exercising or getting creative. You wouldn’t expect your car to keep going without stopping to refuel. You are strong & powerful dear one, but you can’t run on an empty tank. No-one can.
2. Rest & recuperation time with a sprinkling of fresh air is vital to be able to function
It’s easy to get carried away and feel guilty when you’re not ‘doing’ all the time, especially while being unemployed or without constant structure and routine. Allowing yourself a break to rest can make many of us feel like we’re being lazy or wasting time, but this is your ego telling you lies! You are human. You need to rest and recharge in order to be able to function properly and do all the things you want to do, and to do them well. Regularly schedule in you-time to your week, or time For Unattached Nothingness.
3.The importance of doing work you love and enjoy.
In this way you thrive and encourage others to do the same.
Start to celebrate your own victories, and those of others around you. Reflection & recognition always boost morale.
4.The need for everyone to do their bit with recycling and not littering.
I still can’t get my head around the reasons why people litter. Is it simply ignorance or laziness, or a little of both? If people in the middle of a world war can do their bit for the planet then we certainly have no excuses not to!! Although we can not change the actions of others, we can lead by example and do our bit for this beautiful home of ours that we call Earth ~ by recycling, being mindful of how we dispose of any items, picking up litter when we see it.
5. Use it, or lose it.
Our minds & mental health matters! Although not as sharp as it previously was for quite some time, due to the emotional traumas it endured, my photographic and short term memory are improving once again, and retaining information is no longer a constant challenge. I was as patient with myself as possible during this time, going at my own pace and not that of those around me. Now it is less constantly alert, I’ve become aware of when it starts to overthink and/or fester on unhealthy and negative thought patterns. I try to replace this with action (both physical & mental) and have started trying new activities ~ learning Spanish, macrame & bullet journalling via online tutorials and then having a go myself.
Start to recognise when your mind needs a break or when it needs a new challenge. What are you doing to clear out negative thought patterns, or to train & challenge your mind?
We left Bletchley in utter admiration, full of gratitude and with reverential respect.
I’m a bit of a history geek, but it was truly incredible getting to wander around the grounds and actually explore inside some of the huts that have been faithfully restored to bring to life the WW2 ambience. Seeing the cipher machines and getting to have a go at some of the different tasks & techniques the Codebreakers tackled on a daily basis was definitely fun, albeit challenging! I highly recommend a visit: Home of the Codebreakers Your ticket even allows you unlimited free returns for a year (which our brains will tell you is necessary!)
Which one of the 5 lessons are you going to take away and implement into your week :)?… I’d love to hear in the comments below.
Whatever you do, here’s to a beautiful September for each & every one of you!
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