In walking around town and seeing people online and their social media posts, this summer seems to be the summer of discontent.
The weather from my vantage point has been decent. I haven’t heard a ton about any troublesome weather events (maybe I’ve missed them, and if you have experienced some rough weather outcomes, I trust you’ll get through them!)
I’ve noticed my own schedule this summer has looked more like my typical autumnal schedule. Crazy busy with activities and tasks.
Wasn’t summer supposed to be slower? A couple notches down? Not for me, and from deeper reflection, maybe not for others.
Our society seems to have latched on to the “never off” mode, not just with our smartphone addictions, but with our work hours, overloading our days with “to-dos”, etc.
What happened to doing nothing on a warm summer day?
When was the last time you did nothing?
Sitting on your patio or balcony, or sitting at a campsite or park. Just sitting. Observing. Listening. Feeling. Any of these sound familiar to you?
If you’re not taking some downtime opportunities during the summer, you’re increasing your risk of burning out. Constantly doing things is not how we are designed. Quit treating your life that way!
Last night in a nearby community, the #WaterLanternFestival was in town, where attendees would write on rice paper, and write quotes, passages, thoughts, etc. then this paper would fit over a wooden floating piece of wood in the form of a lantern. Attendees would then put them into a sectioned off part of a lake or river, releasing their lantern of wishes and quotes into the water.
Prior to the lantern launch, people sat in the lawn, some with chairs, some had blankets. It felt like. a classic festival. The event had an acoustic guitarist play some music, people were just in the moment, having fun and talking with their friends and family. It was relaxing, and the cool summer breeze made for a wonderful experience. I recommend attending the Water Lantern Festival if it’s near you.
Summer is meant to experience things like outdoor concerts, meals on patios, festivals, vacations, and simply getting away from the day-to-day grind. We need to slow down and experience all that summer has to offer us.
There’s still time.
Find time on your calendar and schedule some “do nothing” time. Put on some good music to unwind.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Previously published here and reprinted with the author’s permission.
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