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A Note For Gratitude

El Niño is here.

There is something very peaceful and almost cleansing about rain.  Today was the first time in a long time with rain pouring down.  We had rain in the past year, but they were small showers.  It was nothing like today.  I liked today.  I don’t know about 3 days from now (ha), but currently, the rain is refreshing.

There’s something about the trickling on the window panes, the splash with every step outside.  It reminds me of a time in college when it was raining pretty hard, and I was walking back to my apartment. I had a sudden urge to just walk in the rain… so I did.  I closed my umbrella and danced in the rain back to my apartment.  Soaked from head to toe, I somehow felt refreshed.  I smiled to myself and went to wash up.

Why do we always have the need to block ourselves from the rain?  Wishing for the sunshine to come back so soon?  What we’re given here isn’t bad.  It’s an experience.

People keep talking about resolutions because it’s the beginning of the year.  I didn’t really want to, but I know some people have chosen to pick a word or a theme for their year – a ‘big picture’ theme they want to keep in mind to change or improve in themselves throughout the year ahead.  I kind of liked that idea.  That said, I decided my word of the year would be…

Gratitude.

“When you are grateful, fear disappears & abundance appears.”

Stop focusing on what I want to have or change so much so that I forget what a wonderful life I already have.  Stop focusing on needing bigger and better when the rain I’m given is already so amazing.

This rain, man.  It feels good.  It feels right.

May all that you have bring you joy this year, and may you find peace in all that you already own.

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