The Summer Solstice on Thursday, June 21, was the day of the greatest light (with fourteen to sixteen hours of daytime, even if the sun was hidden by the clouds and rain here in our Walla Walla Valley!) Our whole planet was turned fully to the brilliance of the sun.
A millennium of celebrations were marked by this year’s gathering at the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge, near Salisbury in England, built in 3000BC to 2000BC. There were an estimated 20,000 New Age and Neo Pagan folks there partying Wednesday night and awaiting the sunrise of Thursday.
And they evidently had a great time!
Are YOU celebrating the arrival of summer?
Do you see it as the opportunity to take a deep breath, make some refreshing changes, rebuild some joy into your life?
As Wayne Muller said in his thought-provoking book Sabbath,
“God does not want us to be exhausted; God wants us to be happy.”
The June/July/August season does feel separate from the rest of the year. I guess it’s because many of us operate by habit on a school year calendar.
I’m thinking of a childhood snow day. Remember in the winter waking up and turning on the radio to see if school was going to be closed? And when it was, it was a free day, completely unplanned, in which we could do whatever we wanted, a gift!
As adults we need to create some time for unplanned and unexpected events as a gift to ourselves.
So Create it! Plan it!
Pick a time, write it in your appointment calendar; then just take off. After all, it’s an appointment!
Everyone makes their own summer. Unless one is a farmer with a professional concern for the weather, you can choose what you want your summer to be!
After all, nothing stands still. Wednesday the sun was reaching this point. Today it is beginning a new phase of its cycle, and thus of yours! Remember that the cycles of your existence have an upside and a down side, a high and a low, a zenith and a nadir. One day the day far surpasses the night and then night gradually begins to reassert itself.
Yesterday, it was still reaching this point; tomorrow, it will begin a new phase of its cycle. All of life is cycles. All of life is balance. And this is a reminder to each of us to take the time to enjoy this moment.
So how do you plan to “make your own summer?”
What will give you the feeling of summer in your life?
Give it some thought!
Your time, including summertime, passes quickly!