I am going to take a deep breath and slow down…
I will enjoy the time with my children. I will admire my sons when they’re not looking. And sometimes when they are. I will surrender to the volume and existence of the xBox.
I will clean out a closet or two and sort through a box, even though I might get sabotaged by a photo that makes me cry, and then I will make a trip to Goodwill.
I will sit in my favorite chair and call a friend long-distance and chat for an hour, planning our next half-marathon.
I will dive into a few books – a novel or two, a spiritual biography, and whatever else catches my attention. And I will read a picture book to the baby.
I will fall in love with my husband several times.
I will spend time by myself – walking, hiking, praying, day-dreaming, counting blessings.
I will listen to live music outside under the stars.
I will write love notes and leave them all over the house.
I will run without a watch.
I will celebrate with a girlfriend, sipping chilled, white wine in the backyard.
I will pray alone in a quiet chapel.
I will enjoy the sunrise and my morning cup of coffee on the patio with my husband.
I will sit silently with a friend whose heart is broken.
I will walk barefoot on the beach.
I will sing, laugh and picnic.
Maybe I will only do a few of these things, or even just one, and I will be grateful that I heard July calling and responded with my heart.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Wishing you light and strength. And an easy summer breeze.