It’s June. That means it’s finally summer. That means the days are long and warm, everything’s green, the kids are out of school, there’s time to get away, and we made it through another winter.
Summer is my favorite time of year. For me, fall is a time to regret the end of summer, winter is a time to long for summer, and spring is a time to try to hurry summer along. I love the open windows and fresh air, the more leisurely pace, the time for recreation, and even the heat.
But I’m also aware that I wouldn’t really enjoy twelve months of summer. Christmas wouldn’t feel right at 90 degrees. And I really do like occasionally putting on one of my favorite sweaters and lighting a fire in the fireplace. There’s something about the seasonal cycle that allows summer to be a special time. If it weren’t for fall, winter, and spring, I would take summer for granted and not enjoy it nearly as much as I do.
I think a lot of life is like that. The things we fuss about the most are what make something else so special. There is a balance, a cycle to everything. Even our problems and annoyances contribute to an appreciation of our blessings, our good times.
It’s summer! Join me in relaxing and enjoying it.
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