Summers on the Canadian prairies can be temperamental, quick, and in no time at all, a distant memory. Although I believe a Canadian July has the perfect weather, it is over so quickly and can be missed almost entirely if we aren’t intentional about our time. Every summer I vow to be more present, take more opportunities to race off to a beach for an afternoon, or hike a mountain before the snow flies again… and most years I look back in late September and wonder where my summer went.
This summer has already flown by and I’m already grieving for the short time we have left. But I also have taken the time to just close my eyes in moments that I want to last forever… I breathe in deep, I listen to the chattering of my youngest two, and the arguing of the older two… I spread my hands and feel each blade of grass, the heat of full summer sun on the trampoline. I lean into the feeling of sweat between my shoulder blades, knowing all too soon I’ll be huddled in sweaters again.
I challenge you all, this week, as we head into August once again, to seize each moment! This time of year, this stage of life, it all passes so quickly and all we’re left with are the memories. I challenge you to breathe in that familiar scent of coffee in the morning and truly absorb the scent like you’ve never experienced it before. Savor each bite of freshly baked bread, or fork-tender roast beef, every sip of blood-red wine. Imagine it was your first time trying it, or maybe your last.
I challenge you to live every day of your life.