More than anything, it made me think about how I really need to be paying attention to all the things I love about the summer and savoring each one before the season shifts for real. In my journal I made list after list. Joy lists. Gratitude lists. Beauty lists. In my large sketchbook I filled the page with words. A love song. A reminder.
Savor each moment. Look. Listen. Smell. Taste. Enjoy the feel of the grass on my bare toes. Enjoy the hummingbirds sipping from my flowers. The warm air. The meals harvested from the garden.
The rustle of the green leaves overhead. So many tiny, beautiful, magical details. So many tiny joys. Flowers. Sunshine. Butterflies. Birds.
Sometimes I need shaking up. I need a reminder. I need to be conscious about not overlooking all of the beauty and joy. I need to be conscious about feeling grateful. All. The. Time.
I know not all of you love the summer like I do, but I know that there are things in your day -- today, right now -- to savor, to be grateful for. Pay attention. Don't let them slip by unnoticed. And give yourself a break. Take time to enjoy the beautiful days before they're gone for the year. Play hooky. Be forgiving about your to-do list. I know I'll look back at that time in the sun with joy when I'm stuck inside on a snowy day and I bet you will, too.