Well, it’s been a while since I’ve felt the urge to tap the black keys and throw a canvas on my computer’s white walls. But here I am, in the middle of a glorious summer, finally feeling the energized relaxation I’ve been waiting for since the dark days of winter. And what a brutal winter it was! It came in sweetly, with puffy flakes of snow, and then it decided to turn colder than cold. So much so, I literally felt traumatized by it. I would say this with a chuckle when discussing it with my friends, but deep down in the pit of my emotional tank, I was very serious. I thank Spirit the sun is shining upon us once again. Another winter like that and I just may have to spread my wings and fly south.
I felt my first big burst of summer a couple of days ago when my swim sister and lifetime friend, Louise, posted this sweet photo. It depicts her wonder-full personality surrounded by the cool colors and textures that remind me of her. A true breath of fresh air. The caption says it all. I am honored she would choose my book to snuggle up with on a lazy summertime afternoon. After a recent chat, I realized we both feel relieved to have let some things go to create balance in our lives. The pleasurable result is Louise having time to curl up with a good book (wink,wink), feeling the sunshine upon her shoulders, and me, sitting here in the quiet space of my office, feet up, ceiling fan spinning, as I write these words, from my heart to yours. This is one of my deep loves. I feel as though I am gathering a piece of myself as I watch my canvas become full once again.
And so, to honor yet another love, Louise and I will be embarking upon our own little adventure this summer. We are meeting halfway between New York and Boston, hopping an Amtrak train, and cruising up to Montreal for our FINA World Masters Championship Swim Meet. Louise and I first met in the pool in fifth grade, and our friendship has only blossomed since then. Our love of the cool blue has bonded us once again as we move into the unknown, flowing and growing, expanding our horizons with swimmers from around the globe. We may live in different cultures but we all speak the same language once our fingertips hit the water. An experience to be remembered forever.
I thank summer for shining her light upon us once again. I feel energized, and full, and alive again! Sweet summer…a wonderful reminder that no matter how dark your days become, the Light always finds her way to your soul, healing your heart, and making you whole.