Savor the season


What are your favorite activities of the summer? Some of mine are eating corn on the cob, spending a day at the beach, taking in a baseball game, watching fireworks, sitting on our patio, and enjoying extra daylight.


That list makes me happy, yet I realize I'm guilty of making statements such as, "I don't like summer. It's too hot." And "Spring and fall are my favorite seasons." But as I said in this post about winter, it really is bananas to act miserable for a full 25% of the year.


So whether you're in the summer-isn't-my-favorite camp with me or you think I'm nuts because this is your favorite time of year, my challenge to you is to do what you can to savor this season. And each season that comes after it.


How? Determine which activities you like best, and then make sure you do them. Enjoy the parts you like about the season, and don't fret about the rest.


At the end of the school year, my kids wrote lists this year of what they most wanted to do this summer, and seeing it in writing helped motivate us to take a late-June day trip to the beach, whereas in the past we might have said "Let's go the beach" and then never go and say "Oh, we should have gone to the beach!" Writing this post reminded me how much I enjoy watching baseball, yet I haven't watched any games in person this year. So I checked out the American Legion schedule and marked my calendar to attend the next game.


As I post this, there are 52 days till Labor Day, the unofficial end to summer. How will you savor the season?


Photo by Ethan Robertson on Unsplash

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