The summertime. A hot muggy season that seems to entice so many of us with offerings that only this time of the year can afford.
A movement from indoors to the outdoors.
We do know that It is just a season right?
We will not have any control over this movement of time but we do have control over how we spend it.
I have a few friends that love the summer season. They love sitting out at the beach or at the park or on their patios soaking in all the vitamin D that their body eagerly consumes. Others can found at the local park playing volleyball or taking their children to the playground. During this season, there will be swimsuit clad males and females at the waterpark or at the pools splashing around while swimming or simply having a great time. There will also be some that will spend the day in front of an air conditioner trying to keep cool and avoiding the heat all together.
We all make choices and have preferences. We all make decisions on what will make our present day the best that it can be… or maybe we won’t.
For me one of the best parts of the summer is seeing the dark clouds rolling in over the Rocky Mountains.
Today, while driving over the crest of a hill looking down into the Boulder Valley, I saw the Flatirons being engulfed with clouds and to me that is one of the most awe inspiring views that I can imagine.
What inspires our imagination or willingness to act is many times forgotten until… well, until we encounter it again. It seems that we move through life so focused on the event right in front of us that we miss a small whisper of a notion that resides within almost every encounter. The simple fact that we have the ability to take another breath should be a moment of inspiration. Many times we look for a grand event, sign, or thought to light an emotional kindling that will launch us into an act that will give us an internal fire that generates enough energy to move us beyond our imaginations. However, it is not always the grandiose signs but often times it is the simplest and the most silent of all that moves us to travel on a path that we would have never gone down before. It could be…
the laughter of a child…
the sound of silence moving through the aspen leaves…
a photo or a painting…
a word spoken in a conversation…
If we are open to the possibilities and recognize our own capabilities, we can be inspired by almost anything.
Can I share a secret with you? I am blended introvert. Some of you who know me well are just smiling at something that you already have known for quite awhile.
Rarely, will I ever get inspired by some huge rally where some dynamic speaker will get up before thousands of people to espouse their insight in how to live… to sell… to promote yourself better than anyone else. In fact, I will definitely react the opposite way that they will want me to act. My sense of identity is totally contrary to the bombastic experience that this type of episode offers to me.
In other words, I find my inspiration in the smallest of things… a line in a book… a drop of a beat in a song… a quiet walk at Chataugua… or perhaps that presence of another person who seeks to do more than just live. They really don’t have to say anything. No, it is something about their presence that tells me to act on all the gifts that I have been given.
Jung once used the phrase “the birthing of death”. He was referring to his perception that we will hit an apex of life when we will be birthing on how we will be known after we die. Simply stated, we begin creating our own legacy. I agree with him to a point but I disagree with his conclusion that all people will die. Oh, I know that none of will escape the inevitable but yet how we interact with others will determine how will be remembered. Yes, we will all eventually leave this earthly vessel called our body but we will never leave the memory of another person. It is our life reconstituted in the spiritual. It is a non-physical yet always constant presence of how we are remembered. So, how we choose to live this life… to inspire others… to interact and act upon the behalf of others are decisions that we encounter with each breath of physical life.
We know our weaknesses all too well. We live in the winter of our souls when we seclude ourselves from others. A spiritual and emotional hibernation… even in the heat of the summer we can isolate ourselves. Our spirit needs the warmth of inspiration. It requires the water of walking fluidly. We allow the fear of drowning emotionally to take away the joy of living. So, find someone that will support you as you venture out into the “swimming pool” of life. Let them be your “floaties”.
Enjoy life. Enjoy the heat of the season that we move through it. Explore your own desire. Challenge yourself and in turn you will empower others to be challenged.