Today was a near perfect day in Maryland. The sun has been high and glistening, adding a slight warmth to the skin but not a burn, the occasional wind has rustled the trees in the yard, even the bumblebees hummed a bit louder it seemed. Well, maybe just to me.
Yes! I am that girl. The year begins and ends for me on the first day of Summer. I always wished my name was Summer. There was that one girl I knew growing up and…oops, already digressing away from my point. THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER! #FDOS
I can remember staying outside so late and waiting for the sun to finally go down. It was precious as the pink and amber head of glory slipped behind the range of Orange mountains near my family home in New Jersey. Shoes were optional, double dutch and hopscotch were desirable and ice-cream from the neighborhood truck “Eskie’s” was mandatory.
So tonight I grabbed a handful of my best memories to sprinkle on my kids and we rode up the highway, windows down, breezes flowing in, talking and laughing. As we headed east through the county, the weather threatened disagreement with my plan, and the raindrops began to fall light and steady in nearly transparent sheets, like the beads we hung from our doors to separate us from the outside world and create a false sense of privacy. The sky behind us was brilliant, gorgeous, shiny and bright. And I tossed the memory of riding on Route 280 in West Orange, 32 years ago in my red 1978 Ford Pinto, so low to the ground I felt like I need to use my heels to break, like Fred Flintstone. On that “First Day of Summer”, the sky behind my head was so utterly gorgeous that it nearly devastated me. Literally! I kept turning around to peek at it. I was so afraid that I would miss out on its beauty – like it might never happen again. I stared hard over my right shoulder until I lost my focus and had to drive the rest of the way home with those huge spots blurring my vision.
Today with the sun and rain coming at the same time, I have the wisdom that keeping my eyes on the road, my heart and mind in the present, and my memories in the past, but close enough to fondle, is the best plan of action. So I kept my eyes straight ahead and bounced my childhood onto my kids in the back seat. They laughed. Asked questions. Were genuinely interested, or at least acted like it.
Just as the rain stopped, and the sun was beginning to stream through the dark clouds, I reminded them about the wonderful Rainbow promise that God made, and told them to look for the rainbow. Like clockwork, it appeared (pictured above) We clapped and snapped and a new #FDOS memory was made.
Special moments surround us every single day. Many of our great days and best memories are behind us. The tendency to constantly peep over our shoulders to look for them is strong. But don’t miss the rainbow looking for the sunshine at your back. Allow the best parts of your past experiences to warm you, and keep looking forward for the miracles that are waiting.
Happy First Day of Summer!
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