Few would argue that COVID is a topic, and a reality, that has dominated our lives over the past two years.
You read about it, you talk about it, and, for most people, you think about it. It even dominates the way we live these days.
I recently attended a baby shower and caught up with some people I hadn't seen for quite some time. It was great to chat with them - we had so much to talk about - but eventually the conversation turned to COVID.
Ironically my intention for this week's newsletter was to talk about anything but COVID...but of course I first want to let you know my intention to do this. Needless-to-say my message starts on the topic of COVID.
But this is where the subject comes to an end - at least for this message.
Instead I want to share something that is a more light-hearted and could well provide an exhilarating outlet for anyone - walking in the rain.
Considering the amount of rain we have experienced of late this subject is quite topical. In fact, for someone like me - who enjoys a daily walk - a stroll in the rain has become a regular occurence.
I happily step out in the rain on many occasions knowing full well that I will return home saturated, but comfortable in the knowledge that it won't hurt me.
My dog - who joins me on those walks - is not so eager to get his paws wet, but has come to learn that it is inevitable. Just like that wet dog smell is inevitable.
A true appreciation for stepping out in the rain began in the winter of 2021. Too often cooped up inside due to restrictions because of...you know what... the daily walk was something that I enjoyed - rain, hail or shine.
Initially I would step out with an umbrella in hand on those rainy days. However, I found I became just as wet as my dog dragged me under almost every tree.
The umbrella was pensioned off and I embraced a completely unprotected walk in the rain - no umbrella, no rain coat and no gumboots.
I soon learned that, although it could be chilly at times, getting wet while out on my daily stroll wasn't a problem. In fact walking in the rain was enjoyable and even exhilarating. And for some reason the liquid from the sky seemed to wash away any thoughts related to the topic that has dominated our lives.
Furthermore the gardens I pass always look beautiful when it's raining (as can be seen in the above picture).
Based on the endless wet summer we seem to be experiencing it is a good thing that I have learnt to appreciate the joy of a walk in the rain.
However, my dog has a completely different attitude about the situation.
Stay safe and embrace the simple joys in life,
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