Let’s Live This August

My friend posted this meme yesterday. I shared it on my profile, then really thought about what the meme is saying.

August is like the Sunday of Summer.

It sure is.

Don’t get me wrong…I still love every summer day no matter what the month might be.

I just want to hold onto Summer so much. It’s my season, when I am my best self.

June is a new beginning, a giant sigh of relief. It’s full of opportunity and wonder, like January 1 kicks off every year. Anything is possible. It’s refreshing and reassuring. It’s also deceiving, leading us on to believe that there’s plenty of time to get our summer “to do” and “to enjoy” lists completed.

Then comes July, which is like my favorite pillow. I can hug it a thousand times, or play with it over and over, and it never loses its shape. It’s there when I wake, and when I say goodnight to the day. I can sleep soundly with that comforting pillow, free from worries and nightmares. It reassures me that tomorrow is another day when I can still start fresh, no need to really be concerned about the passing days…

As July wanes into August, things change again, ever so subtly. Each day is now filled with a little more urgency. Sunsets get earlier as the sun’s early evening slant changes its angle and becomes less intense day by day. Many of the bright summer flowers have lost their blooms, and nights become slightly cooler by the week. I look back at June and July, and wonder where the hell those days went. I then look ahead at what’s still on my summer goal lists, crossing some things off because there’s no longer enough time to accomplish everything I had hoped to do.

The lone cricket’s serenade that woke me early this morning affirmed that yes, it is indeed August already.

So, what do we do now?

Let’s live in the present and forget our lists.

Let’s hold onto each moment, to each day, to each experience.

Let’s notice the breeze blowing through our hair and feel the rain on our skin.

Let’s put our feet in the salt water and find eternity in the waves.

Let’s savor the ice cream cone, the watermelon, the corn on the cob, the peaches and plums.

Let’s laugh and sing with family and friends.

Let’s be grateful for all that we have, for all that we are, for all that we do, and for all in our lives.

Let’s face each day without worry, without fear, and without strings attached.

Let’s soak up every single second of August without leaving any time behind.

Let’s live.

Let’s live this August.

Will you join me?

 

 

 

 

“Sea” and Join The August Break 2015

Hello!  I hope you have been enjoying your summer.  The past week was filled with a lot of activity and I will be writing about some of the lessons I’ve learned and what I’ve seen.

However, before I do so, I would like to invite my readers to join me in participating in Susannah Conway’s “The August Break, 2015.”

From her website about this year’s August Break:  “This is a community project that has no real rules —  the idea is to simply take a photograph every day for the whole of August. That’s it. Pause, look around you and shoot what you see. Live inside each moment. Pay attention to what’s there. If it’s the summer where you are it’s a lovely way to be present to the moments that will be gone before you know it. If it’s the winter, what better way to liven up your day than with a creative project to play with? You can use any camera. You could shoot every day or every other day or just on weekends. You can share your photos or just enjoy taking them without sharing. You can start and not finish. You can join in at the end.”

If that has piqued your interest, please head on over to her August Break, 2015 page here for more information and to add your blog to her blogroll.

I will be participating and posting my images on both of my Instagram accounts, using the hashtag #augustbreak2015.

I hope you join me in recording “a month of mindful pleasures” this August, because if August is anything like July, it will be over before we know it.  If you are planning on participating, please comment below so I can make sure I follow you this month!

Until next time,

Jill

The Topics: A Month of Mindful Pleasures (From Susannah Conway’s “The August Break 2015” website)