It’s important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative and progressive but these qualities don’t necessarily nurture the soul. The soul has different concerns of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; and related to the environs and to people.”
~ Thomas Moore
The wisdom in this quote is timeless. It came to mind this past weekend as I found myself swinging on a swing in a graveyard of a historic little church in our area – the Hauge Log Church. The carefree swing hanging from a gracious oak tree and the worn gravestones was a poignant reminder of just how sweet and fleeting life is, especially on a gorgeous, sunshine-filled afternoon.
We do know a lot about being productive and efficient – they are traits we strive for in our daily lives, most certainly at work, and often, that same energy carries us through tasks when we arrive home in the evening. We know a lot about being heroic and ambitious, in one way or another, as we bravely push through fear towards a goal, as we step up and do what we need to do for our families and friends.
Memorial Day, this coming Monday, celebrates character traits our nation holds dear, the heroism and bravery of our fallen soldiers, and truly their ambition, and productivity and efficiency. However, with the tragedy of war happening far from home, overseas, in countries most of us have never visited, and if we don’t have veterans in our families or living in our neighborhoods, it is easy to become disconnected from the original intent of this day.
If you are like a lot of people, you may have added Friday to the string of days you have off from work. The burst of excitement around this weekend is it unofficially kicks off the start of summer: the last days of school rapidly approaching; the first-of-the-season thunderstorm clouds building for a delicious pelting rain; and the whine of lawnmowers, the song of the evening.
Memorial Day weekend provides a prime opportunity to turn our attention to nurturing our souls, with an extra day, or two, for some breathing room. So carve out some downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie. It’s an appropriate time to pause and reflect on those who have served our country, not only those who contributed to our military might, but also those whose enormous efforts, in other ways, have shaped our nation, our world for the better.
It is a beautiful time to remember the women and men whose efforts secured the right for women and people of color to vote, those who organized for worker’s rights, those who sought for equality in the work place and athletic arenas, those whose scientific and technological contributions provide us today with the creature comforts of life and life-saving medical knowledge.
Let’s spend time sharing stories of family members whose hopes and dreams and efforts helped to shape us into the people we are today, who provided, in one way or another, the impetus for us to live the life we’ve chosen to live today.
Let’s let our souls rest in the beauty of all that is right and good in our world. Part of the celebration of this weekend is about grabbing life and giving it the good, long hug it deserves. Give your soul what is so desires this weekend: happy, transforming conversations; time outside in nature soaking up the rich, vibrant world we live it – go find yourself a local park and some trails to hike; go play like a child again, get on a bike or go for a run, chase a Frisbee, or splash in a lake.
Most of all, give someone in your life a good, solid hug. Let love infuse your weekend with gratitude and beauty that is captivating and pleasing.
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