“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
• Jim Rohn •
Greetings these late August days!
In her essay Late Summer Reflection, Emily P. Freeman writes, “August has eyes for the future and launches into a monologue as soon as she gets here…. August comes in like a maid and readies the house in all her tenants for the transition. She sweeps under our couch and taps our crossed feet off the coffee table. As she wipes the surface clean, she whispers, “Get ready, sweetheart. Change is coming.”
The shift feels palpable as we move from planting gardens to enjoying lush tomatoes, sweet corn, and juicy peaches. Perhaps we look back on summer vacations and wonder where the time went. June and July invited us to linger and to enjoy the longer days and the sun’s warmth. August nudges us to look ahead, and to prepare for the return of “new and regularly scheduled programming.”
From now through Labor Day, it seems that we are in a betwixt and between place. Holding on to the laid-back days of summer while shifting to the new. We look forward to cooler weather and bemoan the shorter days. As Emily Freeman encourages, “linger over these days.” Prepare your body, mind, and spirit. God of the future continues to call us. May we be ready “to engage in the divine dance into the future” with hope, courage, and abundant Franciscan joy.
The latest UISG/USG e-newsletter from Sr. Sheila shares Laudato Si' Action Platform and 2022 Season of Creation resources and initiatives, as well as Prayer Intentions from around the world. Visit JPIC Roma for these entries and more.Please continue to hold in prayers all those suffering around the world from violence, war, hunger, and natural disasters made worse by ongoing climate change.
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