Week #140 – Clear the deck! (Summer’s coming!)

“Clear the deck!” (Grace Church)

Week #140 – Clear the deck!  (Summer’s coming!)

Memorial Day is NEXT weekend!!!  And while I may be living in the land of eternal sunshine (which, by the way, is not all it’s cracked up to be) — most of my friends back east are heading into summer.  And for many of you, it’s the BEST season of the year!

One of the things I miss most about New York/New Jersey is the weather.  Four clearly cut quarters of the year with distinctly different seasons always served as a great reminder of the swiftness of time passing, and the importance of capturing the moments right in front of you.

And when tomorrow may not be beautiful…again…there is a sense of urgency to grab it while it’s there.  To make the most of it.  To squeeze the life out of it.

To eat the ice cream on your plate.

And the best way to do this…is without guilt!

I know this…because I’ve spent a lot of time taking care of to-dos when I should have been out enjoying myself.  And I’ve tried to enjoy myself when I know I should be taking care of other things.  It’s a delicate balance.

You can’t be in the moment if you’re still catching up on spring cleaning, taxes, or putting that Christmas stuff away (come on…I know there is one of you out there that still has a tree up!).  So make a list…check it twice…and get some of that old stuff done and put away in time for Summer 2017!

Your Happyness Challenge for the week ahead: “Clear the deck!”  I know many of you (both parents and students) are WORN OUT from the school year and looking forward to coasting for a bit.  Give yourself one more good push!  Sit down and brainstorm a quick list of things you want to get done before summer sets in.  What do you want done?  Out of the way?  Finished?  Completed?  Think about what it would look like to be able to sit out on your deck and watch the grass grow, to take that spontaneous day trip to the beach, to huddle the kids together and enjoy that thunderstorm — all without the guilt of thinking “I should probably be doing (fill in the blank) right now.”  Life is precious.  Time is short.  We never know what the next season of our lives will bring.  Check some things off the list this week…and make space to enjoy the Summer of 2017!

“Live each season as it passes…” (Henry David Thoreau)

Spread Happyness — share your thoughts in the comments!

5/19/17 by Grace Church
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