and the livin’ is easy….
Janis Joplin kills this song.
Her vocals are raw and strained and the song a lament, a prayer.
I am transported to a place where the air hangs still and thick and the wildflowers are weighed down by fragrance.
Insects whizz and buzz in hidden places.
Heat shimmers over the landscape and it is the time of slow-ness.
The place where I live the summers are short lived.
We wring everything we can out of a summer day before the leaves begin to turn in late August.
I find I must be intentional or I will miss opportunities to live easy.
I made a list recently that I shared at a women’s gathering; a list of summer intentions.
Perhaps something on this list will lead you to a place of refreshing.
Some Ideas To Bring A Refreshing & Re-charge To Your Life
1. Plant something
Pansies are happy and pretty
Petunias are fun and easy
Herbs are a delight
2. Find water
Sunrise on the beach
Sunset on the lake
3. Put Something Sweet Into Your Life
Eat a s’more
Make Sun Tea
Go Berry Picking
4. Discard Something
Clean out & organize one space in your home
Give away really nice clothes you don’t need.
5. Get Summer Reading
“A Thousand Gifts”, by Ann Voskamp
“The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young
Anything by Brennan Manning
6. Hang Out With People Who Know Jesus and People Who Don’t
Get an ice cream
Have a BBQ
Go to a BBQ
7. Take A Nap
In the grass
On the beach
8. Give Thanks
Make a blessing list for the summer
Start a gratitude journal.
9. Listen to Janis Joplin sing “Summertime”.
Enjoy the intentionality of living easy.