In my imaginary perfect world, summer signals lazy days filled with even slower activities. Days lounging by the pool and soaking in the sun with a great book. Laughing with wonder at the kids and their adorable antics as ice cream drips off their chins. I can see it all now. It’s a glorious sight.
It is NOT my reality.
My summer has been filled to the brim with activity and was heading very quickly to overflowing with burnout instead of relaxation. We’ve had lovely vacations with family and many, many pool days with dear friends. We just haven’t taken time to slow down in between all that activity and just soak in the beauty of summer.
It’s time to redeem August!
I am saying NO.
Unless it’s already been scheduled I am not taking on any more this summer. I have crossed off all the days I commit to staying home on my calendar to remind myself.
Saying no allows me to breathe.
Saying no allows me to relax and focus on what is really important.
Saying no allows me to really soak in the waning days of summer.
Saying no allows me to say yes to my calling as a wife, mom, homeschooler, and writer.
By saying no I am saying yes to the things that God has entrusted me with while I let the not so important things slip away.
I encourage you to look at what time you have this month, make a commitment to slow down, MARK your calendar and let’s redeem August together before summer passes us by.
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~Eddie Cantor
Any suggestions for slowing down? What works for you? I always love hearing your ideas!