“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” -Henry James

I’m guilty of complaining about the heat when weeks prior I was wishing we had a “proper summer.”  Or complaining about the cold when a mere month earlier I was ready for sweater season.  But today as I was walking by a coffee shop, I saw a quote on the chalkboard by John Steinbeck that snapped me out of it.

“What good is the warmth of summer  without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

 “To give it sweetness.”  What a concept!  It made me wonder what would happen if instead of waiting for the shoe to drop all the time, I enjoyed the “sweetness” of the moment.

Yes it’s hot as blazes out, but because of that I have been enjoying wonderfully fresh fruit for the last few months.  Yes I’m sweating out of every pore, but I also have my windows open in my kitchen, and fresh air is coming in, and the warm breeze is forcing me to slow down.  Yes I wasn’t able to get as much done because it’s harder to move in the humidity, but I got to finish reading a whole book!

In healthcare I often hear people panic when there’s a moment of quiet.  Surely chaos is right around the corner?!  You know what?  It might be.  But why not enjoy that moment while you have it.  Take that opportunity to get to know the people you work with.  Take a moment for yourself.  Grab that cup of tea or coffee, eat that delicious snack you were saving.  Enjoy the ebb or flow of life.  The craziness of work, followed by the much needed (if not eerily) quiet.

I plan on reminding myself this week of all the aspects of summer that I long for in winter.  Like eating lunch outside, treating myself to gelato, running through sprinklers (there’s one by my job!) having picnics, seeing movies in the park, swimming in the ocean, eating cotton candy at Coney Island, etc.

Take care of YOU.

 

 

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