This week Minneapolis turned into a little Seattle with drizzling, wet, rainy days. Something in the air changed as the hot air was pushed down into the wet earth, and it was as if my body sensed this subtle shift. My eyes closed as I walked down the street in my orange umbrella and I paused for a moment.
The sounds around me clung to the raindrops and amplified the slushing of rolling tires. Their normal drumming and humming, turned into swooshes that slipped over the tar. My eyes closed tighter and I heard the pitter-patter of the light drops on the sidewalks. Slush, swoop, and spritz. Pitter-patter.
Footsteps were softened as people hurried around me to get out of the rain but I stood silent for a second. My ears drank in the sounds around me and I thought to myself – I’m learning to enjoys walks in the rain as I get older. There’s something solitary as the rain pelts an umbrella, like an invisible screen drips down over everyone’s personal bubble and for one moment they’re visible as we pass each other.
Strangers carry their world under their umbrella.
One shift in nature can transform the world we walk in every day. I smiled to myself as my eyes opened and I continued my walk down the wet street. I reminded myself to close my eyes more often while walking, and listen to the world in a less hurried pace.
This was my Joseph Campbell moment of the day. Find joy in simple things. I hope you find new things that make you smile as you go about your day!
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