watch a sunrise





20 minutes



This sunrise was a surprise.

I know the sun rises every morning and that’s not the surprise part of this sunrise.

Plus, I was awake and already outside mainly because I wanted to watch it.

But after our little morning adventure, I had forgotten about it.

I was with my sister and our friends, Zineb and Ghita on our mini-retreat 1-hour drive from Casablanca.

We woke up at 6 AM to go for a 2-hour hike in the countryside.

Because we had done no location scouting, we didn’t know what trail to take.

As soon as we got out of our lodge, we randomly turned left on a small rocky track and walked.

But we had forgotten one little detail: in the Moroccan countryside, properties are not always fenced. And dogs are unleashed at night.

So here we are, 5 minutes after we took off, hearing dogs barking and watching them run towards us.

It was like a dream.

Two or three dogs running and dust forming clouds behind them.

My brain sends me messages:

Two weeks ago, you were almost bitten by one of those.

You got lucky because the owner arrived on time to stop him.

What are your options now?

You don’t have time to get back to the lodge.

There is a stone wall behind and there is enough room for you and your friends to climb and sit on.

What do you do?


That was the out loud conclusion I shouted to my friends.


30 seconds later

We’re sitting on the wall, one dog only barking on the other side of the road.

A woman from the house near the road comes and throws a stone on him.

He leaves, still barking. Angry but harmless.

Ok, we could have done that too, says my brain.

I reply: Better safe than sorry, Mimi.


15 minutes later

We changed our plans. We’re not walking on the countryside track anymore.

We’re walking on the side of the asphalted road. It’s less charming but still, it’s good workout.

While we’re there, we talk about our adventure with the dogs.

About the way we ran away.

Laughing at our ridiculous selves perched on the wall with the dog below.

I’m still laughing when I turn my head to the left.

I stop.

Facing me, the sun is rising.

I’m happy.

I had forgotten about my initial plans but Life hadn’t.

Feeling thankful and amazed.


“We need to be reminded sometimes that a sunrise last but a few minutes. But its beauty can burn in our hearts eternally.”

R. A. Salvatore 


If you need something to motivate you, read this post: 10 reasons to watch the sunrise. One of the reasons I liked:

“You are given one every day even you are here or not to watch it”

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