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She lay splayed on the boulder. The legs weary, the breath yet to steady after a tough climb. A waterfall in the distance beckoned but her mind was wondering. Veering toward a life she had left behind in the city. The frustrating commute, the insipid work, the insomniac sleep, all came rushing to her. Threatening to overwhelm her with resentment. So she took in a deep breath, prepping for the assault.

Instead, as the sun bore into her skin, she found herself smiling. Smiling because she had left it all behind. As though it was part of a previous life. She probably looked like a fool smiling so hard. But in that moment, she only had eyes for the mountains in front of her. Who with their defying silence were questioning her significance. She stared back in defiance. And in that stare, she felt lighter. Renewed. At some point, she felt some of the resentment residing in the corners of her heart gradually slip away. For a little while at least.

What place did a heartbreak or disappointment have in the larger scheme of things when there was a fabulous sunset to look forward to at the end of each day? What place did grudges have in the larger scheme of things when a dip under a waterfall can turn a scowl into a smile in an instant?

She just lay splayed on the boulder. And for a change, content with the world.

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