We are in the midst of high summer, the few weeks on either side of this Sunday’s summer solstice, the longest day of this finally-reviving year. Have you been out playing in it?
I’d like to invite you to use this expansive, sun-filled time to celebrate all that’s good and right in you and the world.
Most women I know are trying to do it all, spending our days as self-improvement junkies. We see what we think could/should be and how we’re never doing enough. I’m exhausted just typing that!
I remember my first therapist back in my late 20s suggesting that I might consider my good enoughness.
This flew in the face of my Calvinist heritage and our American culture that has sprung from it. You should always do more/be better. I remember responding to her by exclaiming, “But I never AM enough!“
Decades later when I named my work Divining Beauty, I’d hoped to help women (and myself!) remember and connect to their beauty — inner and outer — that too often is obscured from our awareness by all that blocks our love and joy.
Even with so much trouble and insensitivity in the world (and in ourselves), there is goodness, too. I think all that light should get its day in the sun.
What if sometime around next Sunday’s solstice, instead of perseverating on improving what’s not yet good enough and getting it all done, you spent part of the sun’s longest days remembering the light that you are and what is right and beautiful in this exquisitely beautiful world?
I’ll be doing just that next Sunday here in the Berkshires at Jug End reservation in South Egremont. If you’re local, join me from 1:30-3:30 that afternoon to revel in Nature’s high summer delights and our shared beauty and goodness.
And if you’re lucky enough to still have your father with you, you might invite him to join you on a Father’s Day walk. Or you could find some other way on that day to remember and honor what goodness he brought to you.
I believe that deep Goodness is just as real as all that’s not.
Remembering that truth may be the key to enjoying our one precious good enough life.
With so much love and delight,
PS — If these thoughts are resonating with you and you’d like to go deeper, let’s chat. Here’s my calendar link. This expansive summertime may be the very best moment to resurrect in you the awareness of your light that wants to be illuminated. xoxo