This week was extremely busy and I found myself constantly on the run. Wednesday I overslept and missed the Go Train. Upon arriving to the Go Station for the next train there were no parking spots left, hence I parked on a neighbouring street a couple of blocks away. My run continued in vain as I missed the next train. This day was not off to a good start. I caught a later train and when I arrived at Union Station I found myself running again to get to my meeting on time. I was 10 minutes late. When I think of the stress that 10 minutes cost me, I realized it was time to take a step back and add some “me” time to my week.
Yesterday it was an unusually warm day for November and there was a light drizzle of rain. I was meeting a friend at a coffee shop which was a 20 minute walk from home. My first instinct was to drive because it was “raining” but decided to take my umbrella and walk. I found myself quite pensive as I felt the light warm breeze on my face and listened to the sound of raindrops on my umbrella. I shuffled through some fallen leaves, watched some squirrels scurrying up and down the mature trees in my neighbourhood, and thought to myself, I’m glad I decided to walk in the rain. At that moment the wind picked up and my umbrella turned inside out. I felt like Mary Poppins as I was about to be carried off into the sky, and started laughing. I laughed so hard my sides hurt. It felt so good. Laughter is such good medicine.
So my message to all of you who are reading this is to “Walk in the Rain and Laugh. Laugh until your sides hurt!”