June 21. The start of summer and the longest day of the year. The perfect turning point—solstice—to assess your 2010 progress. Maybe give yourself a kick in the pants since the year is about half over. Well, there is that.
But it’s a great excuse to see the flip side. You’ve been working hard to make your practice sizzle and grow. How much fun are you having? Are you enjoying yourself and those you love? Do you come to work feeling alive and refreshed? I thought so.
Time to throw some summer in your solstice. Here are three easy ideas to create your own summer solstice time outs.
- Time Out #1: Grab your child (or borrow one) and let them set your agenda for an afternoon. Do whatever, wherever, whenever. Repeat as often as necessary to remember what joy looks like.
- Time Out #2: Spend a day indulging in your favorite pastime—no excuses permitted. A juicy novel in the hammock? Check. A day tinkering on your ‘68 Mustang? Check. An outing at the beach, complete with a tailgate barbeque? Check.
- Time Out #3: Give something to someone who needs you. Visit your grandmother. Serve in a homeless shelter. Surprise your mate with their perfect date—just the two of you.
Indulge a little. Come back renewed and sassy. Repeat.