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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.

– John Lubbock

Today’s world is busy. Several of my blogs have discussed this issue. I like the above quote because it reminds me to slow down and enjoy nature. It doesn’t cost anything; it is calming and refreshing.

What do you think of when you think of summer? Is it VACATION, the beach, the mountains, hiking, swimming, the heat of Fresno, CA, or the cost of going on vacation? (We all know that a significant expense is gas.)

For many in education, it is a break from the daily stress of the classroom, taking some time off, and preparing for the new school year. Many have experienced stressful seasons and look forward to a time with family and friends.

You may get a week or two off for vacation. Where are you going to go? What are you going to do?

Enjoy your time. You may not be taking vacation until fall, but you can still enjoy today because it stays light later, and you have more time to relax and enjoy the evening.

During this time of inflation, many may be taking a “STAYCATION.” Those can be fun also. (a Staycation is a fancy term for spending your time off at home.) You might be able to go on day trips, have picnics in your yard, have a block party with neighbors, or sit outside and enjoy a good book. (I realize that if you live in the central valley of California, you may not want to be outside as much as possible!)

Some ideas for a staycation:

· Visit local museums

· Beach or pool

· Get the bike out

· See a movie

· Take a nap

· Take a hike

· Read a book

· Host a potluck or barbecue

· Play golf

· Spend time with family

I encourage you to find something special to do this summer.

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