“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” John Lubbock
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date . . .
William Shakespeare – “Sonnet 18,” 1–4
What are you most looking forward to doing this summer? Every summer, we run around making complicated plans to be/see/do multitude things. If we’re not planing to go somewhere, we are doing something, and it can all get quite stressful; even exhausting. For this post, I thought I’d answer the Plinky question a bit differently. Instead of what we most wish to do, how about finding some simple pleasures to help us unwind this summer? Let’s simplify our lives so we can … relax, regroup, and rejuvenate. For the rest of this post, I’ve added a few simple pleasures we can enjoy this summer. Add your ideas to the list below and have a relaxing, fun summer. Here goes, 20 simple pleasures/tips for a fun summer:
♥Lie in the grass & stargaze on a summer evening
♥sleep in and rest more on weekends
♥Go skinny dipping at dusk or dawn
♥Try a simple 2 day rejuvenating juice cleanse
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” Sam Keen
“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.” Ada Louise Huxtable
♥Concoct & sip your own summer fruit cocktails in tall glasses
♥Take a dip in an outdoor jacuzzi or a bubble bath at home
♥Sit in the park and people watch
♥Take a leisurely walk on the beach
Do what we can, summer will have its flies. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
♥Take a drive to the countryside
♥Hike/walk a new trail
♥Take an outdoor tai chi or yoga class
♥Learn a simple outdoor sport
There are more pleasures to indulge in below! Sending you love and light for the summer season. More below.
“Ah, summer – what power you have to make us suffer and like it” Russell Baker
“It is summer, it is the solstice
the crowd is
cheering, the crowd is laughing
By William Carlos Williams
♥Share some laughs with friends at a humorous themed party
♥Invite friends to a potluck/summer salad recipe swap
♥Celebrate a sunny day with breakfast outside
♥Enjoy a healthy barbeque
“He was in love with life as an ant on a summer blade of grass” Ben Hecht
I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
By John Vance Cheney
♥Go to an outdoor concert with family and friends
♥Go antique/bargain hunting
♥Organize a simple light and fun picnic
♥Organize a simple spa day with a few close friends
After we’ve simplified our summer by doing easy local fun stuff, let’s put our feet up and enjoy a cuppa tea and listen to our favorite relaxing music. Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? What are you most looking forward to doing this summer? How do you simplify your life? What do you plan to do differently? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: What are you most looking forward to doing this summer?
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: Take your time this summer to simplify your life… relax, regroup, rejuvenate.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos skinny dip, stargazing, beach walk, jacuzzi outdoors, hiking, barbeque, picnic, outdoor concert, via Wikipedia and/or outdoor breakfast from Carpet view via Flickr
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