Have you ever noticed, August is the only month without any major holidays. Just 31 hot days in a green row which have been too often dismissed as “the dog days of summer.” Sort of an interval between the end of the busy school term in June, the start of vacations in July, and the approaching new school term in September. In other words, a lot of time on our hands.
But now lets reconfigure that take on time!
Lazy time, vacation time, free time, dog-day time — whatever you call it, none of it should be considered dead time. Time is too short and precious to write off like that. So here’s my idea. August can and should be the ideal time to take time by the throat and make it work for us.
Instead of simply living it, this slab of time sliced out of the marble of our lives should be a grand opportunity to think. Yes, think! You see, all too often what we do with our time is live-it-up like a cold cup of water under a sweltering summer sun. But I’m proposing instead we think-it-up like some wonderful poem we want to memorize for the rest of our life. In other words, we take this chunk of hot summer time on our hands in order to actually examine what it all means.
OK, I hear you saying, “I did stuff like that back in my old college Lit days!” My response? So who said your once-upon-a-time probing and searching powerful Literature ended just because the class did?
It’s August again…we have some time on our hands again…how about we not only live-it-up, but we also think-it-up. Lets un-saddle our minds to travel the highest and farthest reaches of all the great thoughts from all the great thinkers who ever wrote. Back in all their Augusts….
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