Summer is a season to celebrate. It is a time of life, energy, and warmth. If spring represents birth and winter represents death, summer surely is the teenage years of world, ripe with passion burning bright like the sun. For us, though, summer is almost over. The longest, hottest days of the year are now shortening and cooling, marking the birth of Autumn, when the once vibrant world around us takes time to relax and slowly retire.
Let’s take some time to reflect on summer and find out how we can get prepared to move into fall.
Reflecting on Summer
I find it always useful to take time to reflect on seasons as they pass. Each season carries its own significance, and people tend to follow the “feeling” of the time. With a note pad or computer (whichever you prefer), jot down the answers to the following questions. These should help get the gears turning on your reflection. Of course, there are no right answers!
- Ask yourself, how vibrant were you this summer? Did you embrace the season of growth and passion?
- What were your goals these last few months? Were you able to accomplish them? Why or why not?
- Have you met any new people this season? In what setting?
- What new forms of nature did you explore? Did you travel to any new parts of the world?
- What was the most fun you had this summer?
With these in mind, write a few pages about your summer. Try to include every sensory detail – what did this year’s summer really mean to you?
Preparing for Fall
Consider the journey your life has taken in the past few months, set up a plan for moving forward into fall. If you have children going back to school, this is a great exercise to do as well. First, consider your summer to-do list; what did you accomplish and what still needs to be done? This will serve as the foundation for moving forward, as you don’t want to let things start to pile up.
From there, set some new goals for the new season. Fall is the time to channel the passionate, vibrant energy of summer into something of form and substance – finish up those final projects and set some new challenges for yourself. Keep in mind that the coming seasons are filled with holidays, so consider planning a trip or special event for the family.
For now, enjoy the last few weeks of the season. Catch some sun, relax on the beach, and enjoy life in summertime!