I've been radio silent for awhile, and I'm sorry I've been "away," but we've had a lot going on. Summer is a beautiful time where we live, and I look forward to summer all year long. I love the heat, and the sunshine, and flowers, and the breeze, and the water, and our boat. I have many things to be grateful for in the summer, and certainly more time to reflect on the things for which to be grateful. I am not working this summer as I have in past summers and I had all these glorious plans for what I was going to do with my time. Ha! Jokes on me for that one. I have instead been with family. I have only played a couple of shows during the summer and although I really do miss it, I realize that my summer has gone exactly as it should. I was invited to sit down, and rest, and be present.
Invitations are funny things...we often get invited to events, and I think for the most part, unless its for work, we all look forward to those invitations. But what about the invitation to sit still? Our vacation just ended, as my husband went back to work today, and we had grand plans for our vacation as well. The list we inevitably make for things to do to fill our time and our vacation ended up being a staycation. It rained for the first six days. I'm not even kidding. We were frustrated for the first bit, and then decided to just settle into it. We napped. We played board games until midnight. We sat in the rain. We danced in the rain (don't worry, video is forthcoming on this one...you won't want to miss it), and we were together. And you know what? We had a great time. We watched Jaws 1 and 2...couldn't make it all the way through Jaws 3, but don't fault me for that one please. We ate a ton of food. We breathed for the first time in a long time. We were entirely grateful when the sun colored the sky again, and I was grateful when the air lightened up a little so my hair wasn't one big frizzy mess (c'mon, you know exactly what I mean for this one too...).
We were invited, only our invitation was to sit still. Our invitation was to be together, because at the end of the day, that's really all that matters. Is that you're surrounded with the people you love, who love you. And that you love them well. We found so much to be grateful for, and for that, I can't complain.
To love where you are, and who you are with, is what life is about. So I invite you to live your life, your best life, with a full and open heart for all that is coming your way. Find the joy in the small things. And if you need me, I'll be dancing in the rain.