Simple Summer Joy[s]

by Brenda Jank

Ready for summer?  It’s here – with an invitation to things we often neglect.

I’ve got 2 “assignments” for you today.

One. If you’ve got 10 free minutes and want to challenge your core beliefs and understanding of play, in a way that is dynamic and energizing, listen to Stuart Brown’s TED talk sometime this week. Seeped in science, it’s a game changer.

Two. Dream.

What simple summer joys can be yours, if a tad of intentionality is factored into the weeks that lie before you?

Make a list. Post it on your fridge. Share it on this post. Engage. Enjoy. Don’t delay. Don’t wait for a convenient time. It will never transpire. The operative word is N O W.

Here’s a “starter” list to put you in the mood.

Eat an ice-cream cone. Chase down an ice-cream truck. Pick a dandelion. Lay out under the stars. Learn to skip stones. Dance in the spray of a sprinkler. (Let a little one lead the way.) Blow bubbles on your porch . . . every day. Walk through the grass barefoot. (How long has it been?) Build a sand castle. Mimic a bird; see if he talks back. Sit on your porch. Linger. Do something you haven’t done in years. Ride a bike. Go canoeing. Roast a marshmallow. Nap in a hammock. Let cotton candy melt in your mouth. Dance with your shadow on a sunset walk…

Friends, this is just the beginning!

Make this a summer of white space. Margin. Breathing room. It will tap into something mysterious and miraculous…for you, yes! But also for those you love.

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9 thoughts on “Simple Summer Joy[s]”

  1. Good Morning Brenda and the RunHard RestWell Team!

    I am so happy to see this post because I’ve been putting off “DREAMING” for a perfect time only to realize that there is NO perfect time!

    The Lord says to DREAM NOW!!!!! DREAM BIGGER!!!!! and that’s ❤ what I intend to do!!!!!

    Thank you for this call to action. May God continue to richly bless and multiple y’all in every area of your lives.

    I love you ❤

    • Praise the Lord, O my soul.
      Let all that is within me praise His holy Name.
      YES – ! Jesus is the vision caster and dream giver.
      Lord, Open up the heavens!

  2. Bren,

    “A joyful heart is good medicine.” so says wise old Solomon. Prov.17:22

    “She who laughs lasts.” – from Paula Jank


  3. LOL! I’ll add, have lunch with some furry friends. I remember eating ice cream cones as a kid. When did I get so stuffy that I worry about the drips? That was part of the fun as a kid. How about mud pies? Outside is hard right now. We’re under a heat advisory because of the humidity. I’ll get a stair lift soon and then I can go outside more.


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