I just woke up from a dream.

I was with my cousin Julie. (I’ve been dreaming of my family and my friends quite a bit.) We were walking thru the dense lush forests of the Pacific Northwest. The rain was coming down hard providing nourishment to God’s creatures and vegetation. And yet we were not getting wet. We were joined by our mothers, who are sisters. And we prayed. We prayed for all of our loved ones – our families and our friends and their families and their friends. And pretty soon that network extended to every living being and every living soul in the world, cos we are all important. We are all meant to do great things. We are all meant to love and care. We are all meant to live well in service to God the time we are here on this planet.

And we prayed prayers of thanks. I was personally so very thankful to spend Thanksgiving with my auntie and my cousin and her husband and daughter. I was thankful that I was able to speak with my parents and my brother and his wife and see virtually my sister and her husband and his parents and their daughter and son. I was thankful for my other brother and his wife and their kids. I was thankful for all of my extended family. I was thankful for my friends, many of whom I have seen so much these past twenty months. I am thankful for the opportunity and the time to be able to see them. I am thankful for my health. I am thankful for my adventures. I am thankful for my life. I am thankful for my wife.

I am thankful for my dog Taylor, who is my constant companion and truly my best friend, the guy who joins me on almost every single one of my adventures.

Much like the movie “What Dreams May Come”, my dream was of walking with my family in a sea of colours amongst the forest floor. The sky was so blue, but it was both sunrise and sundown simultaneously, so the sky was also filled with pinks and oranges and reds as well. There were flowers everywhere, every colour imaginable. The Pacific Ocean lived in the short distance, the sounds of its waves putting us at peace.

I could see everything. I could smell everything. I could hear everything. I could feel everything. It was as real as you and me.

It was a powerful dream. It was a good dream. And it was apropos, as I was about to begin my journey, road tripping the Pacific Northwest, specifically the Oregon coastline down to the redwoods of Northern California. I will be sad to leave my family today for my next adventure. And yet, I woke up in excitement.

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