Summertime reminds me of beach days, timelessness, family, friends, and fun. It’s always been my favorite time of year. What I treasure most about it is the essence of it. Beyond the details of plans, to do’s, and work, remains the grand feeling of this season. What stands out most are the long days, afternoon walks, and family gatherings.
Now that I’m older it’s easy to get caught up in “shoulds”. I could busy myself with them for a lifetime or more. I can think of plenty of tasks that will help me farther my goals, bring in some dough, or get things off my plate. And it feels wonderful to accomplish them.
However, looking in the eyes of my beautiful children, I’m reminded of what truly matters most. A simple family game or a walk under the stars – the time shared together is what these young hearts hold dearest. And thank God for their welcome reminders. Tuning into their natural state, I can feel so much wisdom:
- Slow down from time to time
- Enjoy those around you – their essence and friendship
- Do the things that make your heart sing (start with knowing what they are)
- Enjoy the adventure
At our root, the most treasured times are the simplest. A trip to the grocery with our parents was a great day.
Flip through some old pictures and see what stands out. You may also find that simple times become great memories.
As we reflect on our summers, most often what we remember are the days where we forgot about what needed to get done and simply lived. Challenging today more than ever - and needed more than ever as well.
Just as in life ~ the essence is the truth. Don’t lose sight of the simple moments while building your castle. All that sticks is the essence, so co-create it! And while you’re at it, enjoy it all the way. You never go back. And when time changes, as it always does, rather than crying about something that has ended, give thanks for what has been.
Have you taken time recently to do what you love?
How about a whole day?
Have you shared time with those dearest to you?
Cut out some time to create your memories... before the summer is over.