Monday, September 5, 2011

The End of Summer

Traditionally, this weekend with Labor Day on Monday, is considered by many Americans, the end of summer.  Three months passed by since Memorial Day with many sweltering days of over 90 degrees.  Are we not to welcome the cooler season?

This weekend was a perfect example of the end of summer, with Sunday still hot and humid but when we woke up this morning, it was in the 60s, cool and breezy.

Here in Cincinnati we celebrate the end of summer with the Labor Day fireworks.  It has been a tradition since 37 years.

As I get older I try to enjoy each day for what it brings.  Being grateful for all external circumstances helps me to stay in the present moment.  That’s so contrary to our commercial driven society where fashion and cultural events are always months ahead.  

It is important to understand that our external conditions are depending on our internal state of mind. We are all living under the same inner laws or universal truth.  Often what we assume is a random event is a reflection of internal struggles, helping us to see more clearly what we have to “let go.”  I have been reading “The Secret of Letting Go” by Guy Finley.  He makes a clear distinction between our true identity and all the stuff which is not part of our true self.  It is like taking off layers of rags and dirt to find the diamond within.  Guy Finley encourages us to look inside and discover our authentic self.

Here is a link to how Hale Dwoskin of the Sedona Method suggests us to respond to difficult circumstances: don't suppress your responses. 
Why not have a bond fire in your own back yard?  The kids spend the latter afternoon, burning all the broken branches and some logs and enjoyed the outdoors.

What is your tradition of celebrating the end of summer?

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