Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. ~Sam Keen

The dog days of summer are here. The days we long for, to lie in a hammock and read a book, sit at a camp fire and stare at the stars, or take a late afternoon nap in the sun…

All year long we work, plan, schedule and work some more. Now is the time to kick back, relax and enjoy long summer nights. No holiday parties to plan and attend, no homework to help with and the flowers are in full bloom - it’s ok to be lazy!

Of course the world does not stop in July and there are still emails to attend to and phone calls to return, but why not let those things wait a little. After all, the world will go on if you skip a couple tasks on your list or delay getting back to someone…it always does. Sometimes I find myself feeling as if nothing can wait; that we live in a world that demands answers immediately. My experience shows, the tasks can wait, (or better yet someone else has done it) and the phone call wasn’t urgent after all (maybe they even figured it out themselves). Now is the time to sip on a cold glass of lemonade in the backyard and enjoy the outdoors,  your family or the simple sounds of summer.

I hope you find yourself reading this in the warm summer sun ….

As John Lubbock so eloquently stated, “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”