Heart & Mind - Dr. Lou Yock - July 2018
Heart and Mind
After the sermons that sought to remind us of the quiet solace of winter, it is equally important, though not as hard, to remind ourselves to take full advantage of the of the joys, ease, and busy activities of the summer. Nothing makes me happier than walking Piper in my shorts and flip flops; we just need to grab the leash and then we’re out the door onto easy pathways, wooded trails, and breeze blown beaches.
This is a precious time of the year for us. Even though the nights are shorter, they nonetheless are pleasantly longer for the bonfires, fireworks, and twilight chats. I will watch children anxiously wave their families and friends into the van, shouting “hurry up!” for a dusk trip to the ice cream store. And while I don’t participate in angling, the early morning strolls around Lincoln Lake indicate the many who appreciate catching the early worm and heading out in their boats, the start of a wonderfully long day.
With your family and friends, with your acquaintances, waiting for the happy tourist to cross the street, or in content and sought after solitude, remember to “breathe the air, drink the drink, and taste the fruit of the season” (Henry David Thoreau). In whatever we do to take advantage of our summer, we will be all the richer for it.
Again, Henry David Thoreau: “There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of head or hands. Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in reverie, amidst the pines and hickories and sumachs, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sang around. I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any work of the hands would have been. They were not time subtracted from my life, but so much over and above my usual allowance.”