The Summer Happiness Project
The final moments of Summer have arrived. In a matter of hours, showy Summer with her endless evenings, vast blue skies and sunshine-imbued colours will graciously give way to the transition season. Fall is Summer's quiet cousin, the even toned, impeccably dressed (scarf-wearing) voice of reason who compassionately tells Summer, "Honey, it's time to sit down and take off the high heels."
As Summer agrees and allows Fall to arrive with her talk of school supplies and new beginnings, she asks us all to reflect on what she has brought us since the sun crossed the line on June 21st, heralding her arrival. What meaningful moments has the Summer gifted you with? What blessings has the Summer revealed?
Each year, in early June, as the fog descends on the red point reminding me that Summer is secretly planning her arrival, I craft The Summer Happiness Project. The idea came from the insightful Happiness guru Gretchen Rubin in her book on happiness.
It's a delightful little process that requires only a sheet of paper, a pencil and a whimsical mindset (which can be amplified quite easily by good cup of sweat tea). It's simple. You make a list of all the things that you will do to make those sunny, foggy days and your experience of them....happy!
A mixture as odd and magical as a white crow has made the list over the years. In 2014, I decided that finding out the real purpose of that big tower on Cuslett Lookout was of great importance (Interesting side note: it has nothing to do with signals from outer space). In 2015, I made a conscious effort to embrace my curls. Last year, a little blog was borne out the Summer Happiness Project and most recently, this glorious season led me to visit the mossy, earthy ridge on North Harbour Road.
Do all the items on the list get done? Never. I am three Summers trying to languish on Cuslett Beach. I have yet to start a novel. And no, I can't speak Italian yet.
So as Summer waves goodbye to us tomorrow evening, her flowing dress catching the dusky breeze, take heart. She will be back. And when she asks for your list, tell her you've reflected, pondered and planned.
And if you get stuck on what to add to your 2018 Summer Happiness Project, just take some inspiration from Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellas and these to do's:
Listen here take my advice
Make sure you got no lice
Get yourself all smellin nice
Try to straighten out your eyes
Haul your boots up over your pants
Take your partner out to dance
Cause now you got the chance
And it's just as well to be happy.