Drops of Health
Today, in my neck of the woods, we have been getting rained on. What this equates to (besides the much needed hydration of California) is: wet pant legs if they drag on the ground; wiry, frizzy hair if the rain touches it; and forget about keeping your floors clean if you have a dog (which you all know by now that I do). But today, as I walked from my car to the house, I was startled by the Unexpected Health that pours on us…with drips of rain.
As I hurried to get out of the dark, open sky and under the shelter of my house overhang, I was doused with a rain drip the size of a grape…at least, that’s what it felt like. The bangs that I had actually taken the time to fix this morning immediately shriveled into the awkward swirl on my forehead that I try so desperately to straighten out (curly hair is much easier to tame in the summer!). But, as soon as that drip hit my forehead, I literally jumped, and being jilted back to reality is healthy. But let me back up…
I woke up in a peculiar mood. I guess I woke up in a ‘fog,’ so to speak. My mind was unclear, much like the experience of driving in the fog…you don’t quite know what’s going on or what’s in front of you. I got up, got dressed and headed out to do my errands. Although I had read about mindfulness earlier in the morning, I was anything BUT paying attention. But then, like a bolt of lightning rattles the earth, I was struck with a rain drop…well actually, it was a rain drip. The cold gush of water that fell on my face woke me up. I might have physically risen out of bed this morning, but I was very much asleep until Mother Nature decided I had had enough zzz’s.
Getting wet from the rain can be annoying. But, I found that it is also quite healthy…and healing. After being jilted by the drip, a slight smile came across my face because I knew Something more, Someone other than myself, was trying to get my attention. And it worked. I think it is perfectly okay to have “off” days; to feel like life is a little strange. But when it’s time to focus less on the strangeness and more on the beauty and opportunity, life has a funny way of waking us up. And sometimes, what wakes us up is anything but our alarm clocks. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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