The serenade of crickets outside your tent while camping in your backyard. The giggles of children, splashing in the lake. The burst of firecrackers on the Fourth of July in the sky high above the grassy knoll where you sit with your high school sweetheart.
Ahhh. The sounds of summer.
Welcome to the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. Today the summer solstice arrives at 5:44 p.m. EDT, marking the moment when the sun reaches the Tropic of Cancer, its highest point.
We are now halfway through the year. For some, it feels like we have already lived a lifetime in the last few months. So much has happened in our lives already, but now is the time to catch your breath.
Summer always finds a way to get you to slow down and take notice. Take notice of the bright colors blinking in the flutter of a butterfly’s wings as it dances by your rose garden. Take notice of the dragonfly buzzing at the edge of the lake while you read a book on a blanket. Take notice of the rainbow that slips from behind a curtain of clouds after an afternoon shower. And, take notice of the morning dew that weighs heavy upon the blades of grass before a day of fishing.
I invite you to take deep breaths and to allow yourself the opportunity to take in all the sights, smells, and sounds of summer. Wherever you live, spend as much time in nature as possible. And, recharge your energy with the energy of the sun.
You deserve the best that summer has to offer. Drink lemonade from your front porch swing. Build a sandcastle with your child at the beach. Smell the sea air. And, let your hair dance in the breeze coming off the ocean.
Summertime is not just a season; it’s a feeling. Feel beautiful and free, just as nature intended life to be.
Live, Love, and Lead with Aloha.