Just about everybody has their favorite memories of their childhood summers. While I have learned to relax when my body needs it (most of the time), that’s a really hard thing to do. Between our jobs, our families, our obligations to our churches, friends, and activities, our lives are often overly busy and that elusive “fulfillment” seems to really mean days full of stuff we have to do, not necessarily things we want to do.
Everyone says that summer is the season to slow down, but in reality our bodies internally and naturally do that in winter as well. Spring and fall are the times of year when the instincts inside us speed up; it’s not too hot and not too cold and we are instrically programmed with more energy.
The things we all love about summers growing up aren’t the jobs we hated doing. Theyr’e things that were FUN! So why not add a little of that to our adult lives when we can? Don’t say you’re too busy. You aren’t. You just have to prioritize. Get up earlier to mow the lawn so you can enjoy afternoon pursuits. Or why not leave it for the week? Just take a Saturday once a month to have a day strictly for activities that inspire you.
Here are some of the ways I like to recreate my childhood summers:
1. Anne of Green Gables on rainy afternoons;
2. Frozen yogurt;
3. Watching the sunshine play through the leaves of a tree;
4. Sitting under a tree while summer rain falls;
5. Reading without fear of reprisal;
6. Attending the Saturday-morning farmer’s market in lieu of picking vegetables in my cousin’s garden really early in the morning before the heat sets in;
7. I have to add this an adult – escaping the heat of the kitchen to have dinner out!
What about you? Please share your tips of having a great summer in the comments box! Enjoy the rest of this time of year!