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

Daily Gratitude: Life On Mars

Through time and space, I arrive anxious and uncertain. I am in a dark place, isolated by my own doing. I controlled the launch. I selected the destination. Fear of asphyxiation lies right outside the comfort of my shuttle.

What if I’m not ready?

What if I’m not good enough?

Often times, this is what self questioning and depreciation can feel like. We retreat to the darkest places of our mind, only to be met by irrational fears and a contorted view of our reality. We may not travel to Mars but these thoughts certainly can make us feel hundreds of millions of miles from anyone who can help or understand. The same two questions presented prior to any kind of major change or transition in our lives. These questions, have an answer.

You are ready.

You are good enough.

You were born for this.

I step out on to the surface of the foreign planet. The sun, warming my suit and finally reaching this side of Mars. I grow more confident with each motion forward. I forge a new path in a strange place leaving behind the comfort of my ship.

Up-Hill

Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, to the very end. 

Will the day’s journey take the whole long day? From morn to night, my friend. 

But is there for the night a resting-place? A roof for when the slow dark hours begin. 

May not the darkness hide it from my face? You cannot miss that inn. 

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night? Those who have gone before. 

Then must I knock, or call when just in sight? They will not keep you standing at that door. 

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak? Of labour you shall find the sum. 

Will there be beds for me and all who seek? Yea, beds for all who come.

As the old adage goes, we don’t know unless we try. Words of change fill and circle my mind like wind trapped in a bottle. The journey will not be easy. The answers we seek may not always be clear. But we must begin if we wish to find our way. Indecision and complacency leave us stranded in the recess of our minds, on the cold side of distant planets.

Begin today, and do it with gratitude for what got you here.

04.24.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Clear blue skies and warm spring days
  2. The sound of the wind, a song and a reminder
  3. Creative outlets and opportunities
  4. Coaches, teachers, mentors, and role models
  5. Late night ice cream
  6. A couple deep breaths when I need them
  7. Time to reflect and decide
  8. Inspiration, in all its forms
  9. My family and the support they provide
  10. The here and now, this present moment

Check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I started writing about gratitude and why I want you to start writing a list of your own. 

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

Always Searching (#329)

On this wonderful journey through life, I feel myself searching for more. Searching, looking for the next opportunity or thing that may bring me happiness.

I’m starting to learn that I don’t have to.

The best the Universe has to offer me has been right in front of me the whole time. It is with gratitude I feel this to be true. Nothing is as sweet or as fulfilling as the present moment. Nothing can take away from the power of right now.

So if you find yourself searching like me, stop and remember your breath. Use gratitude to tie you to this moment and let the rest figure itself out.

01.05.19

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The morning sunshine
  2. Productive practice
  3. Time at the gym
  4. A new perspective
  5. Cooking with Julie
  6. Movie nights and recliner seats
  7. My family
  8. Tattoo stories
  9. Clean water and Cambodia stories
  10. bTeachers and mentors
  11. Summer audiobooks and walks through campus
  12. Finally unpacking from being home
  13. Incredible views on worthwhile hikes
  14. Learning new things
  15. Time for reflection
  16. A couple deep breaths
  17. Waking up in the morning
  18. Learning how to drive from my mom
  19. Warm blankets
  20. Any chance to play soccer with friends
  21. Yard games with my neighbors growing up
  22. My continued education
  23. Sharing gratitude
  24. A little support
  25. The present 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 Joshua Tree

Time With My Mom (#322)

This morning I found myself just sitting and talking with my mother. We enjoy kayaking, running, and a number of other things but doing nothing feels just as good. I appreciate the moments where I see how alike we are. The way we curl up with a blanket or tell a story, she’s a huge piece of my support system.

Time at home is special to me. Spending time with my mom is part of that.

12.28.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Biking down the hill at home
  2. My cat, Ned
  3. Game of Thrones Sunday’s
  4. Friends from BSU
  5. New goals and aspirations
  6. A little flexibility
  7. Warm blankets and cozy slippers
  8. Birds outside my window in the morning
  9. The train passing in the night
  10. Traveling down the western coast
  11. Monopoly nights with the family
  12. Living an active lifestyle
  13. The sound of rain falling on glass windows
  14. Eggs in the morning
  15. Sharing gratitude
  16. Music you can dance to
  17. Trying new things
  18. Nights in Acadia
  19. Stretching before bed
  20. Patient thinking
  21. Taking walks to clear my head
  22. People who encourage my best self
  23. My sister
  24. A little routine
  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 from Washington!

Thinking Good Thoughts (#321)

It’s all about how we frame things in our mind. Whether that be get to vs. have to or reminding ourselves we don’t have to overthink something trivial, it starts with us. Life is complicated and our future remains a mystery. We may not be able to control every outcome but we can dictate our mindset. Let your thoughts run wild with ‘best case scenarios’ and positive thinking.

Don’t forget to breathe, I promise it helps.

12.27.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Letting things go
  2. A change in season
  3. Sharing new music
  4. Spending time with my family
  5. A full moon and an empty night sky
  6. Fresh fruits and veggies
  7. A summer full of adventure
  8. Stories from Cambodia
  9. New goals and aspirations
  10. Holding hands
  11. The Boston Marathon in the spring
  12. Patient thoughts
  13. Feeling the rain landing on my skin
  14. A contagious smile and energy from others
  15. Honest communication
  16. A couple deep breaths
  17. Signs from the Universe
  18. The little things
  19. All kinds of learning
  20. Clean water
  21. Time to journal and reflect
  22. Vibrant sunsets
  23. Genuine leaders and motivators
  24. BSU memories
  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.

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

Featured image of my cat Ned

One Foot In Front Of The Other (#320)

Although I did not accomplish my original goal of 365 consecutive days of gratitude, I’m still proud of what I’ve done. Whether I’ve made time for my daily blog or I’ve journaled about my gratitude for the day, it’s changed my life for the better.

So now I continue because it’s what we must always do. Life is about progress and growth. Life is about taking our experiences and using them to better ourselves in new ways. I want to reinvent myself every chance I get. I want to embrace change and use it as a tool on my way to accomplishing my goals.

12.26.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Time to journal
  2. A little support
  3. Time with my brother
  4. Adaptability
  5. Spending time with my family
  6. A chance to relax
  7. Peaceful morning runs
  8. A clear night to see the stars
  9. Clean laundry
  10. A new perspective
  11. A hot shower
  12. A chance to check in
  13. My grandparents
  14. Friends from home
  15. Artists and creators
  16. Hope and optimism
  17. Spending time with my cat
  18. Warm socks and blankets
  19. Talking things out
  20. The state park in the summer
  21. Sharing gratitude
  22. Good teachers
  23. People who make an impact
  24. Safe travels
  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 from the end of summer at UMASS.