Summer is a time when the “re” words come into play: reflection, review, refresh, revitalize, renew, revive.
REFLECTION: the consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose.
We’ve come to that season of the year that invites reflection and review. The school year has ended; the church year moves into the long season of
Pentecost or Ordinary Time; spring concerts are over; and for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, the snow and rain of winter and spring are distant memories.
It’s time to reflect on the past nine months and ask ourselves three questions: “What did I do well?” “What were my challenges?” and “What changes might I consider?”
REFRESH: to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food; to stimulate the memory, to have more energy and feel less tired.
Ah, doesn’t that definition of “refresh” sound like the perfect summer prescription? Rest and food! It just doesn’t get much better than that. It’s time to take those vacation days and have a change of scenery. It’s time for some good unhurried meals with friends and family. WORK ON THE ENDING What’s your favorite place to go to get recharged? It’s time to physically recharge and reinvigorate a tired body and mind.
REVITALIZE: to imbue with new life and energy.
Summer is a great time to revitalize your creativity. How? Attend a workshop or conference. Challenge yourself to study or explore a different art form or language. Get out of your comfort zone or do just the opposite and spend time with like-minded people also looking for encouragement and fresh ideas. MAKE PERSONAL _ GET READER ENGAGED
REVIVE: to activate, set in motion, or take up again, to make strong, healthy or active.
Yes, that is what these summer months are all about– getting revived for our chosen work.