The Wind and The Rain

It was the kind of day when the sun could melt the sidewalk. There wasn’t a single cloud in the sky, nor had there been for weeks. The farmer’s patience was regularly tested in his profession, but this drought seemed unwavering. It had been weeks since his crops last tasted water. The farmer bent over and picked up a small handful of soil. The bed of earth planted to support the farmer’s crops was expectingly dry and crumbled in his calloused hand.

“I know you’re hurting”.

The farmer spoke quietly to his plants. He had done all he could to prepare his fields for a barren summer, but had he done enough, the farmer wasn’t certain. A farmer without rain is like a fisherman without a rod. It would only take a few more days of dry heat to spoil his future fall harvest.

It was just before dawn but the sky was still draped in darkness. The farmer stirred in his sleep and awoke to a familiar baritone rumble outside his secluded cabin. The sound shook the very foundation of his modest home.

“It has to be thunder“.

He had pleaded and prayed for the promise of rain. The farmer lifted himself from his bed and rushed outside with a childlike eagerness. The sound was a devine message the farmer dare not misinterpret. It was thunder alright but it was also so much more. Directly overhead, the farmer saw outlines of storm clouds and streaks of lightning. Again, the thunder roared with power.

As the wind picked up with an unmistakable intensity, what the farmer saw next was no apparition. Lightning illuminated a part between the clouds and there the farmer saw what he believed to be the face of God.

The farmer marveled as The Wind spun, guided, and twisted a school of rain. A gentle hold bound the pair as they moved in the sky with grace. Now, The Rain started to fall gently to the Earth, seemingly, one at a time. The farmer kept his curious, sunken brown eyes locked above him.

The Rain turned heavy and slapped against the farmer’s flesh. The Wind now deafening, caused the farmer to retreat inside. The farmer took up a new viewing point from inside his cabin, dripping on the wood floor beneath his boots. The farmer now saw what he couldn’t before from inside the storm.

“They’re dancing”.

The farmer’s memory flashed with the same brevity and intensity of the lightning. He saw his wedding day and his beautiful bride. He remembered them glide across the dance floor, alone in a crowded room. He blinked and he saw The Wind, always changing, moving The Rain with a determined unpredictability. He blinked again and his mind returned to the past. They were in love. He saw himself and his wife give their vows and solidify an ancient and sacred connection. A connection like the one between The Wind and The Rain. One always finding and supporting the other.

His mind wavered between two realities, unsure where to anchor. The farmer snapped from his trance as The Rain rolled down the face of the farmer’s home.

The rainstorm didn’t dissipate, it just moved. The Rain turned to a quiet patter on the glass window in use. The sun was coming up and brought clarity to the panorama outside the farmer’s home. He returned outside and felt the dirt turn back to soil. Once again, his crops could grow with a fervent fashion. The Wind sang with a different tune. The song, played for the lonely crop fields, brought the farmer peace.

The farmer was always grateful for The Wind and The Rain. He would spend his whole life searching and waiting for its return. The cycle regularly tested the farmer’s faith and patience. To the farmer, it was like falling in love over and over, and over again. He was grateful for The Wind and The Rain but never expected the pair to stay. Too much would destroy everything the farmer worked so hard to grow. Even in the farmer’s old age, he had still yet to find an everlasting and ethereal balance between love and work. The eventful morning would hold him over for the time being. Eager, for the return and renewal of The Wind and The Rain.

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time with my family and time to reflect
  2. Teamwork and encouragement
  3. The process of learning
  4. The warmth of the summer sun
  5. Sharing gratitude

All I Am (#317)

All I am is a reflection of my actions. I want to choose to bring positivity and gratitude into life and hopefully inspire others along the way. All I am is me and I’m proud of that.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Pickup soccer with friends
  1. Good health
  1. Shared laughter
  1. Texts from my girlfriend
  1. Time with my family
  1. Chipotle trips with Lucas
  1. Vivid dreams
  1. Good communication
  1. The warmth of the sun
  1. Morning yoga with mom
  1. Late night ice cream
  1. Hanging with my cat before bed
  1. Bridgewater State
  1. Acoustic slow jams
  1. Talented artists
  1. My brothers in Sigma Pi
  1. Nice days and cool nights
  1. Spontaneous dancing
  1. New York bagels and local pizza
  1. A growth based mindset
  1. A little luck
  1. Nights in London
  1. Cambodia friends
  1. My continued education
  1. This very moment

As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Featured image from Malibu.

Be On Your Own Team (#315)

I think I take myself for granted sometimes. I mess up and I have zero sympathy for it.

I should have done better.

I can’t believe I did that.

I’m not good enough.

These anxious thoughts echo and return more than I’d like to admit. Something I saw recently inspired me.

“Commit to always being on your own team”. Brent Huras may just be a talking internet head but I find myself in agreement!

I’m working on having gratitude for me. Allowing myself grace when I mess up. It’s a process, believe me.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Clean water
  2. Time for reflection
  3. A clean apartment
  4. Learning from mistakes
  5. Going home to my family
  6. Assorted desserts and fun messages
  7. Indoor soccer in the winter
  8. Friends from home
  9. Spending quality time together
  10. Shared anything
  11. New candle smells
  12. Revs nights at Gillette
  13. Home cooking
  14. My brothers in Sigma Pi
  15. The warmth of the summer sun
  16. New music
  17. My Peer Mentor staff
  18. Good health and safe travels
  19. Tattoo stories
  20. A couple deep breaths
  21. Local pizza
  22. Time at the gym
  23. A good book
  24. My education and great teachers
  25. The here and now

As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Featured image of Loch Ness!

Quite The Combination (#305)

Breathing, Gratitude, and patience.

Three things I have worked on all year long. With gratitude, I give thanks for the challenges and moments of learning of this past year. I sit with and appreciate the support from friends and family. With patience, I understand life only happens one moment at a time. I must be patient with my process above all else. And finally, breathing. It is with my breath I tie myself to the present and release any negative energy I hold.

With these three things, I feel unstoppable.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. FaceTimes with friends
  2. Stretching before bed
  3. Clean water
  4. Sharing gratitude
  5. A couple deep breaths
  6. Frank and Holly
  7. Random dancing
  8. Pancakes on weekends
  9. Car ride singing
  10. Fresh fruit and veggies
  11. Local bagels
  12. Good advice and mentors
  13. My family
  14. A change in season
  15. Moments of learning
  16. A little inspiration
  17. Cozy slippers
  18. Good communication
  19. Board game nights with the family
  20. My grandparents
  21. A home cooked meal
  22. Time off from work and classes
  23. Sharing music
  24. Sports
  25. The here and now

Always love hanging out with my Cat.

We Create Our Own Meaning (#304)

One should not search for an abstract meaning of life. We respond to life, we create our own meaning

Viktor Frankl – Man’s Search For Meaning


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Waking up with the sunrise
  2. Summers as a camp counselor
  3. Heart to hearts with Halley
  4. Time with my cat
  5. Local bagels
  6. Homemade calzones with Julie
  7. Learning something new
  8. Apple Cup wins
  9. Hometown reunions
  10. Time with my brother
  11. A clean apartment
  12. Fresh Watermelon
  13. An opportunity to create
  14. Time at the gym
  15. My continued education
  16. Anytime I can play soccer with friends
  17. A bed that I fit on
  18. A couple deep breaths
  19. A clear night sky to see the stars
  20. My brothers in Sigma Pi
  21. Summer audio books and walking though campus at Essex
  22. Hikes through the desert
  23. Writing inspiration
  24. Daily goals
  25. The here and now

As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

What may have been my favorite sunrise. Acadia, Maine!

Beyond What We Know (#173)

Life is meant to be exploratory. Embrace change in all its forms. Step outside your comfort zone and use gratitude as a tether to your present. We only know what we know and we don’t know what we don’t know. Life is about learning new things and that takes both time and experience. Be patient. The best is yet to come.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The rain
  2. Hanging out with my siblings
  3. Cozy blankets and warm socks
  4. Feeling organized
  5. Working with supportive people
  6. A couple deep breaths
  7. Morning yoga
  8. Mentors and coaches
  9. Time to relax
  10. Sunday night football and snacks
  11. Friends from home
  12. Summer trips to the cape
  13. Mutual support and energy
  14. Late night ice cream
  15. Safe travels
  16. Learning new things
  17. A new perspective
  18. Flash cards for tests and quizzes
  19. Home
  20. New music and real instruments
  21. Gratitude
  22. Embracing change
  23. Clean water and sustainable efforts
  24. School leadership
  25. The precious present

As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

A fiery red sun setting on the day.

Back In Time (#008)

Yesterday I realized my total number of blog posts didn’t match the corresponding number. I went back through and realized this trend started because it took less than 10 days for me to miscount to the correct number lol.

Because it’s three numbers I missed, each will have a theme. #008 is all about a blast from the past. Gratitude for what got me here and what has made me who I am today.

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Soccer practice after school
  2. Playing in the culdesac
  3. Guitar hero and DDR with friends
  4. Walks home from school
  5. Board game nights with the family
  6. My parents letting me decorate my room
  7. Basketball in the driveway
  8. Sledding down the hill
  9. Top 10 plays in the morning
  10. Weekend cartoons
  11. Being an RA, so much has come from taking advantage of this opportunity
  12. Mentors and good supervisors
  13. My family
  14. Stereo and CD jams
  15. Running through town before school
  16. Nights at the train station
  17. Starlight exploration
  18. Theatre arts classes and after school musicals
  19. Middle school band memories
  20. Home cooked meals and summer grilling
  21. Our Disney World vacation
  22. Life lessons about trust
  23. Visiting family on the west coast
  24. Late night ice cream
  25. Formative years and learning from experiences

As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.


Time and Presence (#301)

Today, just a quote…

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” 

― Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The morning fog
  2. Waking up to the rising sun
  3. Camping in Acadia
  4. Embracing change
  5. The rain
  6. Good teachers and mentors
  7. Friends from home
  8. When my cat is my alarm
  9. Time at the gym
  10. Clean water and friends from Cambodia
  11. Productive time
  12. Helping others
  13. Breakfast foods and cereal snacks
  14. Classic movies and recliners
  15. Gratitude
  16. Challenges and adversity
  17. My patriots hat I wear every day
  18. My fellow bloggers
  19. Focus and attention
  20. My breath
  21. Getting things done
  22. The change making my bed in the morning makes throughout my day
  23. Home cooked meals
  24. Late night ice cream
  25. The here and now

As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.


Featured image from New York with Swift Kick!

300 Days Of Gratitude! (#300)

Sometimes I’m worried I’m not doing enough. I’ve always been competitive but it doesn’t do me any good when I start comparing my process to others.

300 days of gratitude have taught me to love my own journey. To cherish and appreciate the time that’s passed and the moment and experiences to come. Most of all, 300 days of gratitude have taught me how much I love living in the moment. 300 days of gratitude has taught me to be present and to use my breathe when I’m not.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Productive time
  2. Talks about life
  3. Hanging out with friends
  4. Lazy days
  5. Bowling with friends
  6. Family board game nights
  7. Hanging out with my cat
  8. Clean water
  9. Warm cookies
  10. Learning from my mistakes
  11. New music
  12. My black bamboo candle
  13. A clean apartment
  14. My healing
  15. People who inspire
  16. FaceTimes with friends
  17. Mutual support
  18. A clean apartment
  19. Falling asleep to the colors of the setting sun
  20. Time at the gym
  21. A change in season
  22. Getting stuff done and productive time
  23. Color coordinating and organization
  24. Great teachers and mentors
  25. The here and now

As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

featured image from Iceland, one of my favorites!

One At A Time (#297)

I’m trying my best. I use my tools, I speak my mantra, I take my breathes, AND STILL I FEEL ANXIOUS. What a drag.

Despite this, I had a good day and there was still plenty to be grateful for. I have great people around me and the experience to know how quickly change can come.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Gratitude
  2. Seeing my brother. I’m grateful he goes to school so close to me and we can spend meaningful time together.
  3. Late night stretching
  4. Clean water
  5. Sharing new music
  6. My Peer Mentor staff meetings
  7. Forgiveness
  8. Reminders from my cat to get up in the morning
  9. Warm and sunny Fall days
  10. Bonfires and comfy sweatshirts
  11. Catching fireflies in the summer and barefoot explorations
  12. Empathy and understanding
  13. Bike rides through campus
  14. Time to get work done
  15. My healing
  16. Patient reminders and a few deep breaths
  17. My support system
  18. Hand written notes and letters
  19. Summers working Orientation
  20. Learning new things
  21. Talking things out with my sister. She always knows what to say.
  22. Random naps
  23. My continued education
  24. My personal growth
  25. The HERE AND NOW!

As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

Featured image from last year. Beautiful sunsets out a window to the world.