I wish for you a slow, slumbering summer (or winter, if you’re on that side of our planet). A time of deep rest and recuperation. If that isn’t possible for you right now, I hope that you can take the moments when you find them, and allow them to bring you a deep peace.
I find myself moving more slowly this summer. And, even though I launched a new company, I’m not rushing anywhere.
Every weekday morning begins with swim team. I’ve been a swim team mom for seventeen summers now, and my last teenage son is still hanging in there. But I’m very aware that this could be his last summer on the team, and so I’m particularly relishing the early trips to practice and the driving from pool to pool.
I sense that this is the last summer my middle son will want to spend at home as well. He has rented a year-long apartment for college this coming year and wants to stay on campus next summer and find work in town.
So, this will be the last summer of figuring out interesting ways to feed my vegetarian middle child and cart him from place to place. I have to admit it’s been a colossal pain in many ways, but as the weeks have rolled by, I find myself becoming more mindful and deeply appreciative as I do my mothering chores.
It’s all gone by so quickly.
And there just isn’t that much work left to do.
I also have a grown son who is grown, so I am aware that the mothering job is never done.
But it shifts.
Everything beautiful shifts. Everything difficult shifts.
If. You. Let. It.
Holding on is what causes the pain in our lives.
So, today, on this gray summer morning, I invite you to take a good look at your life and see where you struggle to hold to what you hold dear when what you really need to do is let it go.
It’s a risk, I realize. It might not come back. Or, it will come back in a new form and maybe that frightens you a bit.
But letting go opens beautiful space in your life, love. And blessings are waiting in line to find a path to Beautiful You.
So, if you can, let us know what you can let go of today in our comments below.
With deep love and appreciation,
photo: Robert Couse-Baker, flicker