Summer breezes, grand walks by water’s edge, long sultry afternoons on patios, and road trips to far away, but not so faraway places, are part and parcel of the dog days of summer. How glorious and sublime these days are, creating memories that beholden a lifetime. Such is the beauty of summer, ensconced with contentment, joy and passion. Is there any better season?
Finding ourselves on the precipice of yet another fall, the dog days of summer slowly (well maybe not slow enough) yield their sojourn and take leave for yet another year. It’s in their wake we cherish fond memories of family, friends and everything that came our way. Mingled over the years, summers loom for their much treasured times of laughter, meeting new people and discovering idyllic places.
It’s in the lazy, hot, humid air that the magic stirs and the wizardry brews its special potion. Open to the world, we never quite know what to expect. With its subtlety, we attend late sunsets and slumber into early mornings. We reminisce about yesteryear and commune about events to come. As the Chris Rea song has it, we’re “Looking for the summer.”
Summers are made for star gazing and its flickering night sky holds a million secrets. It was Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) who related that “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
And so it is that summer brings out the dreamers in us. Buried within humanity is our desire to know the unknown and achieve the unachievable. It’s summer that ignites a feeling that all things are possible. It sparks the dreams that propel us forward with ambition and fortitude.
So as we absorb these late days of summer, let us think of what they mean to us. Are they fleeting moments in time without meaning and direction or do they render something more? Do they create the aforementioned dreams?
Certainly the answer is different for everyone, but perhaps the beauty lies in the fact that we need not answer the question. Maybe the essence of summer is to just let it be? Let it happen; let it unravel. It’s in times of quiet reflection, without intent or scope that often yield the greatest ideas. Release the reins of the mind and let the mind surprise.
Maybe that’s what the dog days of summer portend? Lay on the beach with a good book; walk the shore with sand between our feet; picnic in the park under the nosy trees, perhaps then our dreams wrest themselves free? Perhaps then we’ll redeem what we seek? Maybe then we’ll create our history, the history of our lives (see History: The Identity of Life…).
Ah, the dog days of summer, how beautiful they are…
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