Our school year ended the Friday before Memorial Day, but I have had days of training for a newly adopted reading series, reading assessments for a summer mission program, and planning with teachers at our school. Plus, I have been anxious for our son to find his first job and begin his civil engineering career. Combine all that with unseasonably cool and rainy weather, and it is just now starting to feel like summer. Yikes! Already several weeks of this precious time have passed, and I am feeling a little unmoored, drifting around, with no clear aim or target in sight.
This wonderful week I am at the beach with my family. We dedicate this week to doing as little as possible, and only what we choose to do right at the present moment. No planning ahead, no mapping out time. Here’s a quote from a book I have just finished reading:
here would seem to be nothing more obvious,
more tangible and palpable than the present moment… – Milan Kundera
And so, as I sit happily on my beach chair and watch the waves drift in and out, enjoying this break from reality and soaking in the relaxation and rejuvenating moments, I am reminded of setting my course for the rest of the summer. Since it IS summer, my goals need to be fluid and general, but purposeful at the same time. The alliteration will help me remember where I want to focus my thinking and my actions. Here’s my list, with brief explanations and reminders for me.
- CREATIVITY – making the time to write, paint, do calligraphy, collage, learning about color that brightens my artwork, my home, and my thinking
- CONSISTENCY – finding a rhythm for eating and cooking better, more exercise, effective time management, and communication – keeping in touch with friends and family
- CLARITY – focusing my thoughts on what remains of my career, what comes after retirement, and wise uses of resources
Now I feel better about enjoying the rest of this much needed respite week, and living in the moment, where real life truly resides. Plus I look forward to what’s to come when I am back home, in the midst of this brief summer.
What is capturing your heart this time of year?