I love summer vacation. As a child growing up in California there was nothing better than a long summer to wear shorts everyday, go swimming and play with friends. As a teen I went on camp outs, hikes, fishing and adventures to San Francisco or Yosemite National Park. One of my favorite summer events has been our family reunions. Every two years as long as I can remember we have met with all of our cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents, this year is no exception. I am looking forward to a great family reunion in Berkley California. Only this time I am the uncle and in many cases the great-uncle (not a grandpa yet). It is always so refreshing to see the family grow and even to spend a little time reflecting on our relatives who have passed on. Joseph Pilates taught the balance between work, play and rest, this summer we can all take time off to enjoy a break from the daily grind and spend quality time with our families.
Another favorite memory of mine is the celebration of the 4th of July. When I was a child I remember parades and sitting on my father’s shoulders, fireworks, watermelon, BBQ and pie. As an adult I still like all the same things as a kid (except sitting on my dad’s shoulders) and now I am so grateful for the freedoms I enjoy, the freedom to write this blog, to travel around the world and learn of so many wonderful cultures, the freedom to worship God and the freedom of speech. I realize that our governments are not perfect, far from it, but I am thankful for the veterans that have made so many sacrifices for my families freedoms. In my ancestry I have relatives that fought for America’s freedoms in the 1700’s in the great Revolution, and in the 1800’s fought in the Civil War to end slavery. These freedoms have allowed us to become more educated and more civilized, we have knowledge of peaceful resolutions to conflicts. It’s my prayer that we take the time to reflect on the freedom’s that each of us enjoy and that we might pray for solutions to our conflicts without violence in the future, so that our children can enjoy the same freedoms that we often take for granted. I hope we each can experience that personal peaceful transformation that provides freedom from all conflict.
I would love to hear your thoughts about freedom. I want to hear what you are doing this summer to take a break and rejuvenate.
Warm, Fun and Healthy Summer to all
(and to those of you in the southern hemisphere, happy winter!)