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Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman


I’ve only ever been somewhere tropical twice – a resort near Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic with my mom. Those walks just before sundown along the beach are some of my favourite memories. The sun on the horizon shining in our faces while our toes dug into the warm sand.

Sure. We had some rainy days too, but those sunny days more than made up for it. In a way these walks are a microcosm of life.

Into every life a little rain must fall. That’s just the way it is. If all I can do is focus on the rain, even when the sun shines, I am robbed of joy.

I’d rather turn my face to the sun, on those days when it appears, and soak up the rays. If I can live in that moment, feel the warmth on my skin, smell the breeze that moves through my hair, feel the sand squish between my toes, hear the ocean as it laps onto the shore – it makes up for the rain and my life is fuller.