Summer Goes By So Quickly

Summer Goes By So Quickly

By Susan Neuhalfen

This year, instead of getting to August and wondering what was accomplished, I decided to make a list of five things I plan to do every day in order to consider this summer a success.

Live in the present – So often we’re thinking about what we need to do next, we forget to be where we are. Be present, especially for your family. Kids want your time and your attention. Play a board game, go on a hike, do something without thinking about what you have to do next.
Learn something new – This old dog loves new tricks. Take a trip to a nearby historical location and learn all about something you didn’t know. Better yet, learn a new word every day and share it with your kids. There are plenty of sites with ACT/SAT words that your kids need to learn anyway.
Kitchen dance – I have a friend that gets up every morning and does a kitchen dance. She posts the video on Facebook and asks everyone to join in. It’s usually something from Soul Train, which is fun for us old folks. It’s a great way to start the morning.
Smile – I look forward to my first out loud laugh of the day, which is usually courtesy of one of the girls at the Murray Media offices because they could moonlight as comedians (if you don’t believe me, read “Yummy Bites”). Smiles are infectious. Give yours to others.
Help someone – Sometimes this is as simple as calling an elderly parent or donating your time to a community cause. Involve your kids so that they may see how important it is to put others first.

I urge you to make your own list though you are certainly welcome to mine. Have a great summer and remember; time flies when you’re having fun so make time fly and make it the best time ever.
Happy Summer!

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