In my mind, when I think of summer, I picture warm days, a slower pace, late evenings watching the sun set. This morning I’m sitting on my back porch enjoying the world coming to life around me, coffee in hand, music playing. The humidity is low, the temperature tolerable. It’s a week away from back to school and this might honestly be the first slow moment all summer.
I’m not sure when or how it happened, but those slow summer days that play in my head just haven’t been real for several years. My summers seem to be as busy, and sometimes busier, than my normal hectic schedule driven life. Where is that tropical beach in my head? Where are the lazy days by the pool.
This summer I visited/drove through 5 states, flew to 1 other, manned a booth for our new(ish) non-profit project, taught a 3 day leadership training workshop, drove to St. Pete a few times, and never visited the beach once. Did I mention we also moved this summer?
I have got to slow down.
Typically people make New Year’s Resolutions in late December or early January – it is, after all, New Year’s. For me, though, the year has always started with September. I’m not stopping to make pages of unrealistic resolutions. I have a couple big goals I’m working on over the next 12-18 months, but the one that is hitting me this morning as I get ready to ramp back up to full speed is I really need to slow down. I need to spend time each day with less noise and busyness and more quiet reflection. I need to write. I need to read. I need to enjoy the wonder of the world around me.
At some point I need to take all that and make SMART goals for the next season, but for now I’m just going to slow down, drink my coffee, and watch the world come to life.