"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." Brother David Steindl-Rast

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Soothing Sioux

Today I am grateful for safe travels, the fun opportunity to be part of a surprise party, and also the time to meet new people who matter in the lives of people who matter to me.

On Saturday, Darcy and I went for a run in Sioux Falls, SD while there to visit his family. Sioux Falls will always have a special place in our hearts. We got married there and lived there for the first two years of our marriage. Darcy's family still lives there and we appreciate getting back to see them. We also appreciate watching the ever-evolving city of Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.

It is a booming place, continuing to grow and change. But I love the fact that it is rooted in and grounded by this:


These are the falls that give Sioux Falls its name. You can take them in when visiting Falls Park near downtown. You can also take them in like we most often do; as we run past on the great trail system the city is fortunate to have and we are fortunate to get to enjoy.

The sound of water is soothing to me, even when wildly rushing over rocks and falls. On other parts of our run, we enjoy the more sedate flowing of the Big Sioux River. 

Much has changed in the area around the falls, but the falls were there long before the rest of us. The falls remind us to remember where we came from. They remind us to pause and listen and look as the awe of nature flows and surges past.

Stop. Look. Listen. What is flowing in front of you and I at this moment? Say thanks for it. 


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