I don’t know about you but it is a breath of relief when summer rolls around. No school, less traffic, weekends at the pool, 4th of July, summer vacations (BEACH), and long days of sunlight that extend evening socials. Each season is unique and has something to offer but summer time… well… let’s just say I’m a little partial.
The question for me and for you is, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SPEND IT. Intentional time is something that Kate and I talk about alot between us and with other couples. If you are not managing your schedule, your schedule will manage you. This “intentionality” is key. Whether that is directed at family time, career or personal growth, slowing down and relaxing, dating your spouse, exercise, or household projects.
But every single day there will be dozens of people, agendas, schedules, and requests that will compete for your time. Maybe it’s healthy to shift the filter through which you are reacting to everything that is coming to you. What is priority? What is essential during this season of life? Is that filter relationships, health, ministry, personal development, family, or liesure?
We feel like we just started our summer on Father’s Day weekend. There was a lot going on with school finishing, hosting friends and family at our house, recitals, VBS camp, working on getting the final draft of our book to our editor and prepping for a speaking engagement at a marriage event. We now have several weeks of downtime that we plan to fully maximize as a family and be extremely purposefuly with our time. No matter what season you find yourself in right now, you can not only simplify but prioritize so you can achieve the maximum results.
If you find yourself in a season where margin is absent and “stress free” sounds like a fairy tale world, then try something. Pick a day (we like Sundays), turn off your cell phone and devices, disconnect from social media and apps, and figure out what you want to get out of these summer days. There is no perfect answer. The answer should come from your soul. What are you craving and not getting right now? What do you need to feel alive and charged? What is currently cheating you of that satisfaction?
Before you know it, school will be back in session (if that pertains to you), the sunshiny days that seem to have no end will end, the pools will close, the lake activity will settle, summer concerts completed, vacations will be sidelined, and schedules will pick up. Don’t waste this opportunity to replenish, restore, and recharge your soul. AND, take some time to prioritize how you want to tackle this amazing journey called life. You won’t regret it.