Does time fly by for you? As a child, I couldn’t understand what adults meant by this. To me, time was an endless waiting game…for school to be out, for school to start, for Christmas, for Halloween, etc.
Now it seems that life literally whizzes by.
Was it only a few days ago that my twin grandsons were born? Now they’re almost 14. I had almost given up hope of ever having grandchildren when they were born. Then two years ago I was thrilled to welcome twin granddaughters.
Even though I only see the babies every six weeks or so, I’ve watched them grow through personal visits and through my daughter-in-law’s generous use of Flip Videos, those amazing short videos that get sent through the Internet.
Watching their antics through the videos, I wish they’d never change. On the other hand, each new exploration and sign of growth is a delight.
Was it Barney Google who used to say, “Time’s a wastin’?” Even though “time” is just a marker of activities and change, we often do waste what we do with it. We all need times of quiet, contemplation and just being with ourselves. But time’s-a-wastin’ when we don’t move out of our contemplative state, memories of the past and possible dread of changes in the future.
So tomorrow we celebrate Memorial Day, designated as a time for reflection and remembering those who contributed so much to our country. Memorial Day also marks the end of one season and the beginning of another.
That means another summer, another graduation, and another celebration. We start planning vacations, attending graduations and changing our wardrobes from warm clothes to lighter summer wear.
What can you do to end the spring season with joy and move into summer with excitement and anticipation of what the next season will bring?
It’s not the big things that eat away at our energy. We plan for the big things. It’s the little things that nag at our energy and that keep us stuck. Here are some thoughts on little things that seem insignificant but will give you more “time” to enjoy the summer.
- If you didn’t do your “Spring Cleaning,” start the summer with a declutter project.
- Clean out sock and underwear drawers, clean and store sweaters, heavy coats and scarves.
- Take an inventory of your makeup drawers and bins. Mascara, eyeliner and toothbrushes should be replaced every three months.
- Create or look up new menus and take advantage of all the wonderful summer vegetables now coming into season, such as this recipe for chicken with spring vegetables from the Food Network.
- Resolve to make this a healthy summer full of fun and appreciation for the life we have been given.
Yes, “time” really does fly. As changes take place, it’s a perfect opportunity to stop, reflect and be grateful, so take the day to honor the men and women who served our country as well as loved ones who contributed to our joy or who gave us life.
Then…get ready to enjoy your time this summer!