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The first day of Summer!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy solstice today! It's either the longest or shortest day of the year, depending on where you are. We're getting the most sunshine we'll get all year. It's going to feel like summer with the heat and humidity and we got our first summer storm last might with strong gusty winds (up to 70 mph) and I even got up to sirens at 3 this morning!

The winds reminded me of how we could weather a storm. We could be like the blade of grass or the strong oak tree. A blade of grass is flexible and when cut down, will grow right back and be just as strong, the wind may even help it pass it's seeds along farther than it would with the calm. A big oak tree may be able to grow higher to the sky, but one good wind will damage it's resolve and it will fall right over, never to grow upright again, possibly damaging it's neighbors in the process.

Are you like the blade of grass, flexible in your approach and able to find a way to grow back when cut down or are you like the big oak tree, growing strong and rigid in your beliefs, but when thrown off by something unexpected, not able to get back up?

Which way do you think you'll be better able to create your goals? Life happens and if you stay strong in the way you're doing things in the calm, you may not make it out of the storm. When you're flexible in your approach and able to change things when stuff happens, you will make it out of the storm more successfully than if you stay firm in the beliefs you had when it was calm. Different scenarios demand different approaches and if you won't bend to the new approach, you will never make it to your goals.

Today's Holidays: Go Skateboarding Day, Ugliest Dog Day, National Flip-Flop Day, Baby Boomers Recognition Day, ASK Day (A day to ask about guns in the homes of your children's friends) and National Peaches and Cream Day (I could get into that one!).
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MAYBER 6/22/2013 6:28PM

    Super Summer Wonderful Warm Sunshine Days
Thankful for AC
One day at a time

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PATRICIAANN46 6/22/2013 11:52AM

  What a great analogy. emoticon

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TRUCKERSMRS 6/22/2013 3:29AM

    What a lovely blog. I would like to think I am a blade of grass.
I've found out this week I have a challenge to work to - DH, who is normally away all week in his lorry, has been asked to cover in the office all July. I now have him home for 5 weeks. This always changes the dynamics and I shall need to be extra strong with workouts and food.
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FRAN0426 6/21/2013 9:56PM

    Great blog once again. At times we do get in such a routine and forget to be somewhat flexible--nice to be reminded we have choices every so often.
Summer has finally arrived along with those pesty pop up summer storms, we will just deal with them and work to enjoy summer around them if the keep showing up every day. Enjoy the summer, stay dry.

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SHOBELYNDAYRIT 6/21/2013 7:08PM

    I like the encouraging word here. Thanks.

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MISSG180 6/21/2013 1:33PM

    I like that philosophy.

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CLESHER 6/21/2013 12:45PM

   
Ahh I see sleep depreviation has you waxing philosophically.... Great examples....

You asked

Are you like the blade of grass, flexible in your approach and able to find a way to grow back when cut down or are you like the big oak tree, growing strong and rigid in your beliefs, but when thrown off by something unexpected, not able to get back up?

I belive in the past I have been like the big oak tree, at the first large wind falling to the ground and heading sideways on my goals.....but in the past 2 + months here at spark I am realizing that indeed I need to be more like the blade of grass....flexible when the wind comes howling....

Thank you for making me really think this morning....Great discussion thread....

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MPLSKEN 6/21/2013 12:43PM

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Yay for Summer!!!

p.s. I choose 'blade of grass'.
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