This past weekend was spent at the lake. We laughed, we (or maybe just me) got scared of dirt roads with too many trees, and we laughed around a fire built on the beach. For a few days, life was so much simpler.
I’m finding that summer is a season where we seek out simplicity. We reach out to the waves in the water as if to say, can I just stay here? Can time stand still and the sunset last a few more minutes?
Because that would be grand. And we could pretend that life is only about lemonade and sand castles.
The obstacle that life presents me with lately is how do I not abandon that calm when I wave “hello again” to Monday. How do I take a little piece of the beach back to my cubicle with me? How do we say, weekend you were good for my soul, but the work week is too? This is all a work in hefty progress for me.
Balance is my struggle this season and I’ve been teetering back and forth for several weeks. I want to throw myself into every project, both personal and professional. But I’m learning that you can only stretch out your soul so far- even your spirit can be stretched too thin.
As summer comes to a close, and ships find their wave back to their docks, I can feel myself in a literal transition. Fall is coming and leaves will soon start to fall. Fresh pumpkins are beginning to grow and apples are getting ready to be picked by ladies in plaid. It’s a beautiful time in the world when the seasons ebb and flow, but there is something about moving into Fall that brings the soul back to a reality of busy schedules and holiday frenzies. I stopped “going back to school” five years ago, but I still find myself at this time picking up new writing utensils and fresh notebooks. During this return to one of my favorite seasons, I’m making this promise to myself and to you. I’m going to try to keep my balance and place more emphasis on being present over perfect. I’m going to try and say “yes” when I can do it and “no” when I cannot. It seems so simple right? But for me, and maybe you, my fear of disappointing myself, my to-do list, and the people in my life- is something that keeps me up at night.
We may not be able to stay at the beach but we can try and bring the sand back home with us. The air may be getting cooler and the sun may be setting a little earlier, but I’m going to try to head into this season with a new calm. A calm that says, weekend you were good for my soul, and work week, you are good for my growth.