The Ponder Effect | What is your theme for this summer?
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What is your theme for this summer?

Wow, how the year flies by. Here we are again, at the start of a new summer. We’re dipping into the archives to pull out a fan favorite…What is your theme for this summer? When you think about the next 12 weeks, what do you want to do/feel/experience/prioritize?

Your theme may be Seek Adventure. Or Sustainability. Or Live Big. Or Chill Out. Last summer, I tried to go with the theme, SLACK. As in Cut myself/my kids/my husband/everyone and everything some slack. It was a good north star, even if I wasn’t always good at it. My theme for this summer is to be determined, but we have a lot going on right now, so it may be a simple Head Above Water. That’s all that really matters, right? That we keep our heads above water. Plus the swimming analogy is nice.

What about all of you out there? What are your intentions for this summer? What’s your theme?

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9 Ponderings
  • Anonymous

    May 19, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    A lot of things in my life right now are uncertain. My husband and I are definitely swimming not knowing what land is going to show up. With all of our uncertainty, I just want to enjoy the water. The stress and anxiety is too exhausting. I want to enjoy the cold spots and warm, whatever boat that shows up and whoever is in it. Maybe take a few days to just float on my back and stare at the blue sky.

  • Anonymous

    May 19, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    My theme is JOY. When I look at the summer, it feels packed. But the events are full of relationships and adventure. This is a busy season of good and I want to soak up that good and be filled with Joy from the places, the people, and experiences.

  • Varina Willse

    May 19, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I love that. Not just keeping your head above water but learning to float on your back. That way you can feel the sun on your face or watch the stars.

  • Anonymous

    May 19, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Survival! I feel like this is my theme every summer though….

  • Anonymous

    May 21, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Exploration will be my theme- self, landscape, family connection and what makes my people curious and excited. Departure from the year routine. Also, acceptance that stress is normal, not always negative but indicates growth…recovery time is key. The recovery!

  • Anonymous

    May 22, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    WHOOPEE! SUMMER! I am going to embrace it all with enthusiasm and appreciation and a big WHOOPEE! I’m grabbing onto sun, my loved ones, books and no structure. I will not let negativism or controversy in my space. I will just shout WHOOPEE either out loud or internally at everything that comes my way. Summer! Bring it on! WHOOPEE!

  • Anonymous

    May 23, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Haven’t narrowed it down to one yet (so maybe “focus” should be a contender?). Top three: “free”, “present,” & “wow!”

  • Anonymous

    May 23, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Slow down. I’ve never been so ready for a less hurried schedule and more down time. August through May, we all feel as though we’re always dashing out the door, whether to school, team practices, drum lessons, or the school hookup line. My children’s school let out a week earlier than most for summer. We have been enjoying lazy mornings in our pajamas, making pancakes, taking walks and bike rides in the neighborhood, and trying new recipes. My oldest is off to middle school next year, and I’m savoring this slower-paced time with him (and my youngest).

  • Anonymous

    May 23, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Keep Cool is what first comes to mind—it’s already hot here in SC. Hurry Up July also comes to mind as I prepare for a family week at the beach—four generations together for seven days at the NC coast. Just Get Through It would be the theme for work….