Standing in the Rain with Joy and Gratitude

Happy summer!  This is my favorite time of the year.  As I write this, today has been an absolutely perfect day.  Full sun, a light breeze - everything that speaks of summer.  The flowers and trees are in full bloom, the grass hasn’t (yet) turned brown from lack of rain.  Truly lovely.  What I appreciate most about summer is the opportunity to be outdoors as much as possible.  Even when it rains....

 

The other day I was returning from doing a number of errands and I was SO hot.  As soon as I parked, a light rain began to fall.  I stepped into the rain, the cool drops soothing my overheated skin, and appreciated the return to ease.  It began to rain harder, and still I stayed outside.  I continued to stand in the heavy rain, realizing this was the perfect opportunity for gratitude.

 

I remembered again how I feel like the luckiest person alive (as can you!).  I have blessings too numerous to count - housing, food, employment, health, family, friends....the list is endless.  Most importantly of all, I have the absolute privilege of living a life full of passion, following my heart’s desire each day.  I am fulfilled by the work that I do, through psychological practice, teaching, and shamanic work.  I wake up every day and have (so many) things to smile about - even when I don’t really want to get out of bed.  I am living a life of purpose.  My purpose.  And it’s fantastic (although by no means perfect!). 

 

Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs.  There’s a good chance you remember this from school.  The largest part, the bottom of the pyramid, represents our physiological needs - food, clothing, shelter.  The highest point of the pyramid is self-actualization.  “Self-actualization, according to Maslow, represents growth of an individual toward fulfillment of the highest needs; those for **meaning in life, in particular**” [(Oslow, 2013).](https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/theory-and-psychopathology/201308/the-theory-self-actualization)

 

I have meaning and purpose in my life, which makes the hard things just a little bit easier.  You can too.  Remember my motto: “Happiness is a choice.  It’s work - but it’s a choice”.

 

So on this summer day (now a summer eve), I find myself thinking of **YOU**.  Of your happiness, your passion, your meaning and purpose in life.  If you want to be the luckiest person you know, if you are ready for a life of smiles (even in the midst of heartbreak), if you are ready to commit to a life of meaning and purpose - DO IT.

 

Find your passion.  Act on it.  Stand in the rain - even when it’s become cold and wet.  Cherish your blessings and name them in gratitude as often as you can.  Smile.  And smile again, from your heart.  LIVE your life - it’s the best feeling ever!

 

Dr. Kristina Hallett is a psychologist and shamanic practitioner at Wisdom Healing. For more information on finding meaning in your life and to see how you can live the life you’ve been waiting for, contact Kristina by clicking here.

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