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In Praise of Summer Vacations

and Courage...  

July 2012


I am a big fan of summer vacations.  Not just because they are good for your health, although they are: Those who take vacations have a reduced risk of heart disease.  Not just because they are good for relationships, although they usually are: Spending more time together with fewer techno-gadgets available tends to help relationships. And not just because I am about to take one, although, as soon as I finish this article on summer vacations, I am going to leave for one.


I am a big fan of summer vacations because they remind me that my identity is not in what I produce.  Staring out at the waters of Lake Michigan, I usually get the message (again) that there are larger forces at work in the world.  That God is still God, no matter how many emails there are in my inbox or how many things I have checked off my to-do list.     

As usual, Wendell Berry says it best:


And yet no leaf or grain is filled

By work of ours; the field is tilled

And left to grace.  That we may reap,

Great work is done while we're asleep.


When we work well, a Sabbath mood

Rests on our day, and finds it good.

                        Sabbaths, X


I hope you get some summer vacation this year.  If not for your heart, then for your soul. 


 In God's Peace, 

  Doug sig

Wisdom for the S-Ages:
Courageous Sages of Any Age
"Courage doesn't always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'."  ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

By Betsy Perry 

A few weeks ago, I travelled to five retirement communities and led a workshop with one group of 20 people who shared stories exemplifying acts of wisdom, gifts they have freely given others (usually non-material,) and making choices to live their legacies, not just leave them.  These are courageous and wise people who close their day with an intention to try again tomorrow.  Courage doesn't roar very often for them anymore.   (more)



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