Like a train whistle, it suddenly hit me how quickly summer is chugging on by. It's the middle of July, it's hot, the sun is shining, and what have I done with my summer besides working? Nothing. And this is not altogether a bad thing.
Most folks have lots of summer plans, vacations to exciting destinations, picnics with families, visits to zoos and gardens and national parks. They race to see who can bask on the beach first, or hike up a mountain trail. Their itineraries would wear out the fittest athletes. It's all about doing the most they possibly can in the shortest amount of time.
As for me? I parked down by the river a few minutes to watch a barge go by, see two squirrels playing tag on a post, and read a daily devotional while I talked to God. I spent a half hour on the deck this evening watching the lightning bugs sprinkle the night with light. I spent a few minutes on Facebook, a few on Words with Friends, and a few talking to my fur kids. My pace is slow. I like to savor the moments.
I may not visit exotic places, may not swim in the ocean, may not attack the day full force like a hurricane, but I thank God for having another day, even if I've spent it working. It may not seem exciting to anyone else, but I sure love lightning bugs, and I sure love spending time with my fur kids, and I sure love Jesus.
For the most part, we have the ability to create our days to reflect the life we want to live. I've decided I want less stress in mine. I want to follow a lifelong dream, and I want to watch lightning bugs. I want to live simply, laugh much, dream often, and write stories that entertain. I don't want to race to the next big adventure; I want to savor the little things I've always taken for granted. I want to sit down with Jesus and chat for a while. I want to be happy.
Isn't that what we all search for, happiness?
What makes my introverted self happy is not what would make most people happy. But that's ok. There's room enough for all of us to claim our own kind of happiness.
Whether you want to run the race or sit and watch the lightning bugs, do what brings you joy. Life is short. Create your happiness.
Take care of you.