It's been almost a month since we were hit by Hurricane Irma. Almost all of our normal hiking trails in the area are still closed, and the only ones open are "urban" paved paths. While out for a run on one of the paths last week, after working out, it began to rain. I kept running, enjoying the cool wet breeze that brushed against my face, and the rain drops dripping down my back. As I continued on the path, and the rain got harder, I felt as if my body had an "Ah Ha" moment (as Oprah calls them). For the first time in a long time I was completely relaxed and at ease. Not a care in the world, just enjoying the obstacles that would normally stress me. In the rain, I found peace, and then purpose. I realized that life is too short, and that in my day, some quiet time to relax and reflect is needed. Many days I am so busy, just one things after another. From making sure my daughter stay on her normal schedule, working on marketing for my husband's business, volunteering time on social media for two organizations, and keeping up with the day to day chores of being a stay at home mom. Very few times in a day do I have even 5 minutes of peace and quiet. Yet, while running on that path, in the pouring rain, I had it. The peace and quiet that my body, mind, and soul had been begging for. I actually took a moment to stop running and began to walk, to take in every single drop of it. By the time I got back to my car I felt like I had gone thru a full mediation experience, and was completely energized to take on the day.
So what did I learn from this? Sometimes, when those moments happen that would normally stress you, take a moment and see if there is something positive in it. For me, running in the rain was my moment. After all it's just water, we won't melt. And, take some time for yourself each and everyday. In the peace and quiet with no technology distractions.
I know this was a short one, but I just had to share. Have a great week everyone, and KEEP ON HIKING!!!