I'm examining my feelings for August. I hit a bit of a wall coming into this month and I'm trying to figure out why. Nothing is really wrong with August. It's mid summer, so that's all good. But, it's hot. Maybe too hot. Or maybe too dry because it's been too hot. Or maybe I'm just feeling wilted because it's too dry from being too hot. It's funny, because I like heat. But I'm not too fond of crunchy heat, which is what August heat is like.
This heat comes with parched earth, dead grass, and forest fire smoke that lingers in the valley. After not caring too much about the lawn drying out during July, I start to furiously water again in hopes of creating some sort of oasis from all the brown. It's a bit futile at this point, but I do it anyway because at least the water dancing out of the sprinkler makes me feel better.
August is the friend who likes to say, "I hate to tell you this but..." This friend doesn't really dislike being the bearer of unfortunate news. They see it as being honest, as doing you a favour, as giving you a friendly slap in the face of reality.
"I hate to tell you this but summer is halfway through and getting shorter, this is your last full month of decent lake swimming, your garden is starting to look a little overdone, and oh, your grass isn't going to fully recover until the fall rain shows up."
On the other hand, this somewhat bitter truth brings the opportunity to not take things for granted, like we do with June and July. While those months have the promise of newness and continuing fun, August let's us know there is always an eventual ending. And this is our time to make the most of it. So then, August is also our friend of last chances and maybe I need to appreciate her honesty a bit more.
I will then make my final stand with summer this month. I will patiently sit with the stillness that the heat brings. All movement will be thoughtfully planned out. I will pick my priorities and live happily with them. I will be more with summer, not just do more.
Perhaps good principles to live by regardless of the month.