Freedom, a word that soars through our hearts more often than not. Summertime is here. The sun is warm on our face and we try to enjoy what we have dreamed about all winter long. We slow down, take a break, and smile more. The daily grind does not seem so difficult when the sun is shining. Our load seems to magically lighten. Yet in winter when it is dark, cold and quiet do we not allow the same to happen? So spring and fall must be the culprits of all our stress? It is our time to renew and begin again; to accomplish, to move forward, to store up. Do we not often feel a skip in our step and a sense of purpose which propels us to achieve our goals?
Don’t get me wrong, that in itself is a good and necessary thing. Balance is a good thing. But is it the extra effort during that time that allows us-- that gives us permission, to relax in the down times? It is not always easy to do with our commitments and obligations. The Universe understands each season serves a purpose, so must we. We need to take a vacation, even if only in our mind. We need to take a deep breath and let go of all the negativity. Life will never be exactly the way we want it at any given moment. We cannot continually say, I will do it when… In the grand scheme of things, freeing yourself to let go for a moment, will not change your circumstances in that instant but, it will change your attitude to better cope with whatever comes your way. It will open the door to allow the positive in.
I remember an email that circulated the internet years ago. A woman tells her husband goodnight and he responds, “You’re going to bed already? She then proceeds to head upstairs, accomplishing a million little tasks on her wa. By the time she crawls into bed two hours later, her husband joins her and says, ”Why aren’t you asleep yet?” Women especially find it difficult to stop “doing” completely. Certainly we can all find a moment or two to stop and regroup. Soon enough the leaves will change color and we will begin again; renewed, refreshed and dedicated. We all give. Give to others, give to our work, give and give because it is who we are. Today, we give to ourselves. Let go. Lift your face to the sun and let it fill you with peace. You deserve it.