Happy summer, friends! It’s the best time of year, in my opinion. Days are longer and temperatures are warmer, and there’s just an atmosphere of merriment and levity that’s contagious. This Wednesday Word No. 72 — spoken by John Lubbock, author of “The Pleasures of Life” — gives a shout out to summer and reminds us that it’s OK to bask in all its glory. ‘Tis the season, after all! Lubbock’s quote, pulled from his book “The Use of Life,” reads: “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” This Wednesday Word is dedicated to all the workaholics out there who will find every excuse in the book to keep busy all summer. Frankly, the only thing you should be busy doing this time of year is being busy relaxing, soaking in the sun, with your head in the clouds and your toes in the sand or in a cool pool, or you fill in the blank. Trust me, taking time for yourself to recalibrate and unwind is far more rewarding in the long run than filling your days with activities that add strain. With that kind of attitude, you’ll look up and summer will have slipped away. No bueno. No time for regrets. So get out there. Enjoy! Let the day get away from you. Give frivolity some room to roam free.
To get inspired by previous Wednesday Word posts, click here.