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What a Wet Burrito Taught Me About Life

by Laura Smith, Chief Groovy Chick, The Breakup Lounge

I'm sure you're wondering ~ what the heck is Laura thinking?  A wet burrito? Really?  Yet, you are also perhaps intrigued by the aforementioned wet burrito so let me tell you a story.

A wet burritoAs some of you may know, I like to get out in the local community and connect with others.  One of the ways that I do this is having an exhibitor's booth at community events.  I did just that on July 26.  To set the stage, this is an outdoor event called MarketFest.  It runs from 6 to 9 p.m.  The night began gloriously.  Not a cloud in the beautiful Minnesota sky.  It was a bit windy but I was going with the flow.  Around eight o'clock, the sky began to darken a bit.  Oh, well ~ I thought to myself ~ we're almost done.  It will be okay.

Guess what?  Right after that, the weather began to change rapidly.  My husband had just arrived to visit and he had to park our vehicle six blocks away because the Fest was so busy.  The wind began to howl.  Everyone scattered.  Next, I could hear LARGE droplets of rain start to pelt my tent.  I started to chuck all my materials, tablecloths, etc. into my bins.  The tent was in danger of being blown away so we had to try to get that down as quickly as possible.  Once we had everything ready to guessed husband had to run/walk six blocks to get our truck so we could load everything in it.  Luckily, I had brought an umbrella.  Also, right before this little adventure began, I had ducked out to grab a burrito at one of my favorite food trucks.  I had time to kill, a storm blowing through, my burrito and an umbrella.

My choices were:  Try to find cover, surrender my burrito and shrug my shoulders in defeat


pull up a chair, enjoy my burrito and let nature take its course.

I went with the latter option.  I sat quietly at my table, soaking wet, my umbrella trying its best to keep me dry, savoring every bite of my yummy food ~ with a big smile on my face.  I knew I wasn't in real danger because it wasn't an electrical storm.  It was only wind and rain and some discomfort.  I tried to make the best of it. People around me thought I was nuts ~ I'm sure of that.

Why do I share this with you?  Because I know that dealing with a divorce or breakup is a similar situation.  You feel a little scared and out of control.  Nothing's in its place anymore.  You wonder when it will end.  It's uncomfortable.  It can be dark. You can feel alone.

Carlos Castaneda, a well-known spiritual author, said, "We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same."

So I ask you:  Next time you feel scared, uncomfortable or uncertain, what will you choose?  Are you going to be lost in the dark abyss or go WITH the flow and come out on the other side feeling stronger and more confident than ever?

Since I know how amazing you are, I know you'll choose to enjoy the burrito in the rain.

Shine On!


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