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Summer Lessons

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Waning Summer

My sister and I were talking on the phone the other day lamenting the end of summer.  It seemed to come as such a miracle to us here in New England this year, it is hard to see it pass.

A reader of my Monday Inspirations reminded me throughout the summer that “Vacation is a state of mind.” (Thanks Wayne!) It has been a mantra all summer long.

Now in the twilight of the season, I realize the quote above is also a subtle mantra I have been adopting this summer.

Getting Caught Up In Stuff

Summer allows us to shed what we don’t need.  We live out of beach bags.  We open the windows and simplify our homes.  The garden grows of its own accord.

As I put my fall calendar together, I find myself slipping away from the vacation mindset being replaced by “I’ll get through it.”  I am getting caught up in stuff again and it doesn’t feel as good as summer did.   A familiar stress seeps back into my life.  I feel my shoulders tighten as I add another to do to the ever expanding list.  I sit back and sigh.

I take a deep breath and then another.  I repeat “All I have is all I need and all I need I have in this moment.”  I grab a water and stroll through the garden marveling at all that has been provided for me.  Gratitude replaces the stress.

Summer is Gratitude for What Is

I’ve learned the vacation mindset isn’t just about getting away.  It is about letting go of the stressful stuff and giving thanks for all that is in your life.  It is looking beyond your four walls and seeing there is a beautiful world out there full of wonder, surprises and yes, everything you need.

If you feel your summer being cut short, take a moment and get back into the vacation mindset.  You have everything you need to be happy.  Take a moment and look around.

What If Packing

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Packing For Vacation

I packed way too much for this year’s vacation.  Clothes, books, notebooks, etc. are all being packed back up for the trip home never touched.

What was I thinking?

Ask my family.  I’m usually a minimal packer.  Not this year.

What If Packing 

Before I left, I kept thinking, “What if?”  “What if I needed more sunscreen?  What if I didn’t like the books I chose?  What if it rained and I had nothing to do?  What if I ran out of paper?”

These questions seem silly reading them now.  I would have survived.

I could have asked, “what was I afraid of?”

All That Stuff

In hindsight I realize I was afraid of being alone.  As much as I looked forward to this solitary vacation, it was unknown territory.  I’d never spent 2 weeks alone like this.

The stuff represented a comfortable nest I could fall back into like a warm bed. If I felt bad, I could turn to my favorite movie, book, notebook and cuddle up.

Didn’t Need It

Most of the stuff  could have stayed in the car because I didn’t need it.  This time alone was time for rest, reflection and reorientation.  All of which I achieved without my security blanket.

“What if” is the language of fear.  It’s your inner voice trying to protect you by allowing you to imagine the worst case scenarios. How many times have you gone in circles saying “what if” and none of the situations manifested themselves.  Yep, that’s what I thought.

“What if” doesn’t identify what you are afraid of.

Lesson Learned

The most valuable lesson I learned is stuff doesn’t make you feel better.  It’s just heavy baggage.  It doesn’t protect you from your fears.  Only identifying them and facing them positively will give you perspective.

Are You Packing For Vacation?

Look at what you’re bringing on your next vacation.  Ask yourself why you’re bringing each item.  Do you need it?  You may be surprised at the fears you didn’t realize you were packing.

Now I’m off to re-pack my car with all this stuff.  Take my advice.  Look at what you have packed and put away half.  You’ll be happier I promise.  Especially as you pack up to go home.

Summer Sunshine

Summer Sunshine

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There’s nothing better than waking up to a sunny summer day.

Summer sunshine is invigorating.

Unlike it’s cousin the sunny winter morning, there is a lightness about a summer morning where all things seem possible.  It wakes you up from your winter hibernation.

Summer sunshine slows everyone down.

No matter how busy, when you step into the warm summer air, shoulders relax.  For a brief moment the cares of the world float away with the the puffy clouds on their sea of deep blue. Without notice the cool breeze wisps by bringing you out of your reverie.

Summer sunshine heightens your senses.

You see the sparkling of the lake, hear the morning birdsong, and smell the freshly cut grass.  Your body becomes one with its surroundings as if you dove into it like a pool experiencing it from head to toe.

Relish the summer sunshine.

Summer sunshine is a gift easily missed.  Submerge yourself in its wonder.  Explore its hidden gems.  Become awash in its beauty.

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