Long summer nights, food fresh off the grill, and front porch sunsets are the things I love most about this time of year. They’re iconic staples of a summer well spent and fill our minds with memories of summers gone by. They’re the moments we want to hold on to, to take in, and make last a little longer. They’re the moments we settle into, build routines, and call life.
I remember as a kid loving summertime at my grandparents cottage. It’s in a little town, on a little lake, in the middle of nowhere. The cell service leaves something to be desired, the news on the TV is nothing spectacular, but the pace of life there leaves you forgetting what day of the week were on. On that little lake, in that little town, there may not have been much going on, but it was calm! It taught me calm, and created in me the desire to carry that type of calm throughout every area of my life.
Calm is counter cultural. We’ve moved from wide open fields, home grown foods, and nightly laughter around the kitchen table to rushed dinners after a long day at the office before heading off to the next scheduled program or task. But what if we stopped? What if we cancelled the events, the practices, What if we went back to calm? What if, instead of packing each evening with public sports and activities at year long we ate dinner around a kitchen table, put our phones down, and headed outside to enjoy time together as a family? What if, we decided to go against the grain and build a calm life.
I firmly believe that the world would be a better place if people focused more on building a calmer life. If we turned off the noise, shut down their technology and stepped outside into a beautiful summers evening. If we were more intentional about spending time with our family, spoke to our neighbors a little more, and cut back a little on all of the extra in our life.
This summer I’ve been working hard to cultivate calm in my own life. It’s not always easy though. There are moments where I’d rather give into the craziness, fall prey to the next big event, volunteer opportunity, or thing that will rob me and my family of a calm, soul fulfilling life. So instead, here are a few things that I’ve discovered help create calm in my own life.
- Evenings in the pool
- Playing fetch with the dogs
- Weeding the Garden
- Keeping a schedule
- Meal Planning
- Having a tidy home
- Pre-planning my outfits for the week
- Showing up early wherever I’m going
- Being Creative
- Spending time with my Husband
- Watching Sunsets with the baby
These are the things that work for me and while they may be a good starting point, please figure out what will create calm in your life. Whenever you figure that out please share with us! I’d love to read what you do to create your own calm in your life.