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Jun232011

Time for Wonderful

@2011 Photo by Linda SamuelsSummer is here. Its arrival brings longer days and hopefully more time for relaxation and fun. Summer is the season for graduations, weddings, vacations, camp and special projects. For many of us, it’s a much-anticipated season because it signals a break from our more intense schedule.

I feel encouraged to enjoy the gorgeous, warm days even more. There are many opportunities to embrace summer’s energy. Here is a list of things that make me appreciate this wonderful season:

  • Wiggling my toes in the grass
  • Walking along the river
  • Cooking outdoors with family & friends
  • Reading in the hammock
  • Slurping down a slice of watermelon
  • Smelling the scent of the freshly cut lawn
  • Taking a day trip
  • Drinking an iced tea with lemon and extra ice
  • Wearing less clothes
  • Visiting the ocean
  • Indulging in a lazy feeling that a hot day brings
  • Going to Boscobel for a picnic and Shakespeare play
  • Watching fireflies light up the evening

We often feel like there is never enough time to enjoy our lives and accomplish our goals. The key is finding a balance between doing, being and appreciating. Summer is a great time to do some shifting and experimenting to find your right balance.

What lets you know that summer has arrived?

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YES! Summer is a fantastic time to take a minute and slow down. I've observed, however, that it is a time where those of us with children often significantly speed up! Last night, our family went and took in a minor league baseball game with a group from our church. (The kids sang the National Anthem -- so fun.) As we were watching a rather slow game, I struck up conversations with a lot of the parents. They all recounted amazingly busy schedules where they were out running from activity to activity and had no time to actually enjoy the season. In fact, out of a group of 40 singers that normally sing the Anthem at sporting events, 6 were able to attend this game. All of the other singers were swamped with other summertime activities. (Note to self, next time schedule the singing when there is snow on the ground!) Many of the people that came to the game did not stay for the entire game because they had 2 and 3 other things to run to that night. They were frazzled and tired.

We decided a number of years ago to take control of our summer schedule and I'm so glad that we did. While our kids are involved in some activities, we agreed that spending time with one another and enjoying the warm weather was overall more fulfilling for us. While the other families were rushing off to the next activity, we were relaxed and having a really good time. My son was smiling and laughing and generally enjoying his goofiness with another child that was there. We went home feeling relaxed and fulfilled rather than stressed and tired.

Taking time to slow down is so important and many don't recognize that. Thanks for the post reminding us all of the simple pleasures summer can bring.

Stephanie-

It sounds like you and your family had a wonderful summer night AND that you were able to slow down enough to enjoy it. Your comment is interesting in that it reminds me that time is a constant. It keeps going. We do however, have the ability to choose what we include or don't in our time. It's easy to trade the busyness of one season for the next. It's often more difficult to make a conscious choice like your family did to just slow down. But as you expressed, the benefits can be wonderful.

Thank you for sharing.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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