Although this summer did not include an epic adventure to Disney Land or a cross country trip to the Grand Canyon I did manage to mindfully collect small moments along the way.
I'll be honest, relaxing over the summer is nearly impossible for me. It's because I'm not sure what "relaxing" really looks like. Living life as a writer means that no matter where I go or what I do I am always seeking to find the magnificance in the mundane.
Eating breakfast outside on the porch or taking long walks through the woods becomes an epic adventure. Watching my children jump into Grandma's pool or reading a fantastic book becomes a reflective journey of the endless summer days. Coffee with my wife in the silence of the early morning is surely a gift from God. A slow jog with my loyal dog through freshly mowed hay fields or shooting a rifle for the first time with my son are all pebbles added to the pile of small moments.
Of course there were day trips taken to State Parks and meals eaten at fancy family owned restuarants, but it was the quality time spent with family and friends that defines this summer for me.
So, as I say "goodbye" to summer I'd also like to say "thank you." Thank you for giving me the chance to collect these small moments and truly finding the magnificance in the mundane.
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