“Never miss a good chance to shut up.”

Will Rogers

Dear one,

I took advantage of a gorgeous sunny afternoon to get outside and recharge. I left my earphones at home so I could be fully present, because music or podcasts would draw me inward, and today I wanted to feel connected. I wanted to hear and see the city around me as I flowed silently through it.

I wanted to breathe, to feel my chest rise and fall instead of taking for granted that my body does what it should. I wanted to be aware of my part in this moment so I could continue to let my gratitude pour from me.

I am grateful for this beautiful day. I am grateful for the sunshine on my back. I am grateful for laughter, for bodies in motion, and for good running shoes. I am grateful for my breath, for the heart that wasn’t supposed to have continued beating for 50+ years, and for dogs that don’t understand the word “stranger”.

I am grateful for the opportunity to watch my clients heal and grow and flourish. I am grateful to be seen as someone worth emulating, I am grateful for one more last chance to become a better version of me, and for 10,002 days of choosing the next right thing.

I am grateful to be able to remind every person reading this to never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.


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About Sentimental Dom

Michael Nolan is The Sentimental Dom. He wants you to keep your chin up, treat everyone with dignity, compassion, and respect, and drink more water.

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