Be Cool

This morning, while out for my walk, I spied this sweet flower in someone’s yard.  I felt fortunate to have witnessed how beautifully the sunlight shone through the petals.  Summer is a good time to slow down and stay open to nature’s surprises.  It also helps take my mind off the summer heat. 

It’s hot.  And we live in Arizona.  It’s hard not to dwell on the heat and comment on it frequently.  I learned a tip from my yoga teacher years ago that really helped me get through the Arizona summers.  She said she started a practice of personally not commenting on how hot it is.  When someone made a comment to her about the heat, she either didn’t respond or changed the direction of the conversation. As we talked about this practice, I realized it’s one of those “What you put your thoughts on is what you’ll manifest” situations.  I’ve done this practice for a few summers now, and it’s definitely improved my attitude about being in Arizona during the summer months.  It’s helped me shift my focus on what’s good about summer here in the desert.  

Our summer camp has definitely been a plus this year.  We’ve had an excellent staff and added a few extra people this summer, so coverage has been much easier.  The kids have been excellent, and the various studies, projects, and activities that have emerged via our “tails and tales” theme have been fun and delightful.  The 33rd Annual Way-off Broadway Production is in the works, and we look forward to seeing the performance (along with  the K-1 class’s production) next Friday.  Our air conditioning in the multipurpose room is back to normal, and we have most of our staffing for the fall worked out.  The apple tree has generously provided us with hundreds of apples.  All in all, there’s a lot for which to be thankful here at the Seed.

We have one more week of summer camp, then we’ll be closed for three weeks, two for vacation and one for teacher prep week.  Then we’ll be back at it for the Seed’s 48th year.  Thanks for being part of this journey with us, and I look forward to the days ahead.  In the meantime, I leave you with a short list, inspired by a mom saying goodbye to her sons this week.  She said, “Be safe. Be nice.”  I’d add to her list, “Be cool.”  

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