Early Summer 2007

Dear Friends

A good friend and I used to sit down every May and write ambitious lists of everything we wanted to do over the summer: ''This summer, I will take tennis lessons, learn how to kayak, speak Italian, and camp in Yosemite... .'' But ''this summer'' never seemed to come, and before our flip flops were barely broken in, we were writing our Thanksgiving dinner grocery lists and wondering how we once again missed out on that stellar summer we had so carefully masterminded in our day planners.

When I told another friend about these annual ''Summer Resolutions,'' she heartily protested: ''Summer is about liberation -- not resolutions!'' Hmm -- she had quite a point there. Liberation -- that feeling of being 8 years old and taking the last step off the bus for the school year, when summer felt like it lasted a decade and all kinds of adventures awaited just outside the front door! How simple is that, and infinitely appealing.

So where did this create-the-perfect-summer-or-die pressure come from? Was it from that dreaded school assignment every fall when we were asked to share what we did over the summer? In my school, nobody ever stood up in front of their peers to say, ''I played a lot and had a good time.'' No, in my neck of the Puget Sound, it was more like, ''We sailed up to Ketchikan, caught lots of salmon, and swam with a pod of whales'' or ''We spent the summer at my grandma's beach house in Norway and went horseback riding on a fjord.'' How could I not turn into a summer over-achiever?! Yet when I close my eyes and conjure up the most glorious summer memories of my life, I find myself savoring the mundane moments: the smell of freshly mown grass, the taste of a delectably icy cold watermelon, and that creaking sound of the bow line straining against the dock as you doze off to sleep (okay, so maybe that one isn't so mundane, but you boaters know what I mean). In the grand scheme of things, it's really a list of sensations that feed me each summer. And they're certainly nothing I have to orchestrate or stress over. With that realization, over the years I've learned to lighten up, loosen up, smell the mango mojitos, and chill out. I'm a lot happier for it (and I ended up learning how to play tennis anyway!).

Summer is about liberation. Do whatever gives you a sense of refreshment, puts a song in your heart, and helps you to relax!

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Late Spring 2014 -- Seeing More Clearly

Spring 2014 -- Savor What Makes Your Heart Sing

Early Spring 2014 -- The Power of Quotes

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Holiday 2013 -- Taking the Time to Listen

Holiday 2013 -- Open our Hearts to the Good Around Us

Fall 2013 -- How to Cope in Tough Times

Late Summer 2013 - The Priceless Gift of Friendship

Midsummer 2013 -- My Luck is Pretty Good Luck

Early Summer 2013 -- Slow Down Enough to Smile

Late Spring 2013 -- Recognizing Gifts

Spring 2013 -- Doing the Best We Can

Early Spring 2013 -- Know Where You're Going

Holiday 2012 -- Our Power to Adapt

Fall 2012 -- Gratitude for What We Have

Early Fall 2012 -- See the Beauty in Front of Us

Late Summer 2012 -- Modify So It Works for You

Summer 2012 -- Finding Balance

Early Summer 2012 -- Go Ahead and Take that Risk!

Late Spring 2012 - Trusting Your Gut

Spring 2012 - Living Life to the Fullest

Early Spring 2012 - New Year, No Excuses

Winter 2011 - A Thoughtful Tip

Holiday 2011 - How Did I Get Here?

Fall 2011 - Giving Thanks for What We Already Have

Late Summer 2011 - Taking Ourselves Off Automatic

Midsummer 2011 - Friends Through Thick and Thin

Early Summer 2011 - The Power of Nice

Late Spring 2011 - The Gifts of Spring

Spring 2011 - Worst Case Scenario

Early Spring 2011 - Break Away From the Herd

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Holiday 2010 - The Art of Imperfection

Fall 2010 - When the Student is Ready...

Late Summer 2010 - Saddle Up

Midsummer 2010 - Hurry Up and Wait

Early Summer 2010 - Don't Just Stand There. Do Something!

Late Spring 2010 - Gifts From My Mother

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