Savoring Summer


“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?”

John Steinbeck

In my last trimester with my oldest daughter, I was incredibly impatient.  (As most young/first time mothers are.) An older co-worker named Naomi gave me a fantastic piece of advice. “Don’t allow yourself to grow impatient, stay thankful and stay present.  Believe it or not there will be things about the last trimester you will miss.  Don’t spend your time impatiently wishing it away.”

This was great advice.

I not only listened to Naomi, but I have applied this advice to several different areas of my life…. including summer.

I am an autumn girl.

Growing up summer was not something I looked forward to.  I grew up without a phone or cable TV.  I rarely saw my friends and although I loved reading, the occasional sleep over, and being outside it just wasn’t enough.  Autumn, however, was my favorite.  I am an autumn girl through and through.  In Autumn I started school, hung out with my friends every day, and best of all I celebrated my birthday.  In contrast, my husband and children love summer.  This has given me another opportunity to apply Naomi’s advice and this year especially I made it my goal to savor summer.

I Succeeded

I have enjoyed this summer so much.  We have gone swimming, paddle boarding, boated, BBQed, vacationed, all the things and I can honestly say that I loved every bit of it.  I have felt so blessed and happy despite the ridiculous heat.  I have kept my thoughts grateful and worked hard to let my words reflect gratitude. You know what?  I’m actually feeling sad to let this summer go.

Savor It!!

I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this week’s email.  Savor it!! Life is too short not to be enjoyed. Make a commitment to enjoy as much of your life as possible.  It’s time to refresh those old POVs and look at your life with wonder instead of annoyance. 

What is something that you need to learn to savor?

What can you do to create more enjoyment in your life?

In the words of Wayne Dyer, “Seize every second of your life and savor it.  Value your present moments.”

Questions or comments?  I would love to hear from you!

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