Full Cup eNewsletter:
July Edition- Embracing Summer in Its Full Force!
As I was taking a run in the 90 degree weather this morning, I was reminded of what it feels like to be hot . . . really hot . . . begging for any hint of a breeze sort of hot. On days like this, when summer's in its prime, I often notice my desire to be a child again-- to feel the freedom of school being out for summer and to weigh only such options as whether or not to jump through the sprinkler or sell lemonade, or find a pool to swim in and then just drink the lemonade.
I've had to admit to my children that one of my favorite childhood memories is sitting at our round kitchen table, wrapped up in my damp post-swim towel, and slowly peeling back the aluminum foil wrapper before digging into a "Ding Dong." It's odd how something that I have no interest in now could have brought me such pleasure back then!
Often, just as I'm getting carried away with my youthful thoughts, I find that some need arises, offering me a sobering reminder that my current life chapter is adulthood. The dirty dishes begin to stare at me from the counter, my phone chimes with a new message, I make the mistake of checking to see if new emails have arrived (and imagine that-- they have!), I look at my watch and realize it's time to shower and get to work, or I see my checkbook and remember there are bills that need to be paid.
While I've tried to quiet the voice inside of me that sometimes wants to throw a tantrum about having to tend to such grown up tasks, I've also come to recognize the value of this longing to blow off the responsibilities of real life and let myself be swept away by the carefree nature of summer.
If you notice such desires inside of yourself, and better yet, the opportunity to fulfill them by feeling the breeze when it finally arrives, experiencing the magic of early morning sunlight, or chasing after the evening fireflies as they start to light up-- I hope you'll take them. I'll even double dare you to make the most of as many of these moments as you can!
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