Wash Away My Troubles, Wash Away My Pain

First off, my sincerest apologies to Three Dog Night if I have infringed upon their lyrics.  Still, knowing the nature of that great 1970’s band; I am certain they would not take issue with my poetic license in quoting them!

Some of the greatest thoughts that enter my mind occur on the end of a leash, as I take my hound dog Xena for walks.  She was already introduced in a previous post and is the source of much-needed exercise and mental cleansing for me!  Late last week was no exception to the trend she and I have established.

On our way back home from what was already a two-mile trot; we were surprised to get caught in an unexpected light rainfall.  Xena immediately turned towards me as she shook the miniscule droplets off of her back; pleading with me to make it stop!  You would never guess that part of her lineage includes water dogs!

A the rain fell on my face, I was at first irritated.  Taking a few more steps I took a deep breath and not only smelled, but tasted a certain freshness.  It had been a long time since I had really allowed my senses to take in the wonder of rain falling!  There was a certain sense of refreshment and renewal in it all.

Closing my eyes briefly, I was transported to a time long ago!  Suddenly I was a child again, running in the backyard through a torrential downpour!  Of course I was not wearing a coat and puddles were being disrupted by my eager feet.  Ah, those were the days; when I had little sense of responsibility and every moment was an opportunity to learn anew!

As we rounded a corner and started the final leg back to the house; I thought about what the rest of the day had in store for me.  There were bills to pay and jobs to apply for.  The type of C-level jobs that I ave eld in te past do not grow on trees.  I am not looking for any type of pity for my situation, but my career level as its unique challenges!  I longed to be tat child again; risking pneumonia all for the thrill of playing five more minutes in the rain!

By the time we got home, both Xena and I were soaked.  I took off my coat and stared at the rivulets that were streaming off of it.  The fresh smell of the rain was still wafting off the fabric.  For a few minutes on tat afternoon, I had managed to escape the trials and tribulations of adult life; I had been liberated by the innocence of childhood!  It was a shame that it could not always be that way!

The thought rolled around in the caverns of my mind for a while.  Who said that is could not always be that way?  Who said that I could not maintain a healthy balance between grown man a wide-eyed child?  I spent the entire weekend in that realm where carefree and responsible meet!  It was the two most gratifying days of my life!  Needless to say, I am watching te weather reports closely; eagerly awaiting the next forecast that calls for rain!  Until then, it is just Three Dog Night and me!

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About Jerry V. Dollar, Author, Humorist, Observer of the Human Condition

When not trekking around the globe, Jerry Dollar can be found in Colorado Springs, CO where he lives with his wife Robbi. Besides an affinity for writing and travel; he is also an avid bodybuilder, a very prolific reader, and an enthusiastic observer of the human condition. Jerry has published two books which are available on: Lulu, Amazon, Kindle, Nook, and IBook. "Announcing a Flight Delay" is a hilarious recap of the author's experiences as a million mile flyer. "A Dollar's Worth" is a collection of observations on the human condition, which originally appeared as blog posts. Dr. Dollar has served in various senior executive management capacities over the past 25 years. He has previously worked within the healthcare, insurance, software, and several other high technology industries. Jerry is recognized for his expertise in creating the foundations for emerging organizations to succeed in complex sales environments. He is also well known for his leadership in guiding technology companies through rapid growth phases. Jerry speaks five languages and has conducted business in over 70 countries on six continents. He holds particular expertise in the Latin American and Western European geographic areas. Dr. Dollar holds a BA in International Affairs, a BA in Spanish, an MBA in Marketing, and a PhD in Organizational Development. He has authored numerous professional articles, various training courses, and has conducted seminars and conferences around the world.
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