by Rev’dJenni Lane
The summer months are nearly upon us. Much of our time is pressured – the sands of time run through our hands far too quickly for us to grasp. I often see the summer as a precious time of year: a part of the year when time seems to become slightly more generous to us.
One of the best things about the summer months is the opportunity to take time out. Many people take an annual holiday, where they have the opportunity to re-capture some time: time with family or friends, or a precious few hours to catch up with a novel or some sleep. The word holiday takes its meaning from exactly what it says: ‘holy day’. In 14th century England, these ‘holy days’ were taken at times of religious festival. They were meant to be times to sit back and reflect on God and life.
I rather like the following Irish saying – it presents a challenge to us all:
Take time to…
Work – it is the price of success.
Think – it is the source of power.
Play – it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Read – it is the foundation of wisdom.
Be Friendly – it is the road to happiness.
Dream – it is hitching your wagon to a star.
Love & be loved – it is the privilege of God.
Look around – life is too short to be selfish.
Laugh – it is the music of the soul.
So, here’s to taking time!