“It’s All Good!”

Sometimes folks tell me I get a little “preachy” in these missives. Well, I don’t know about that, but there are things I feel strongly about, which I believe should be addressed. Things we can do better at. Causes that need a voice. Attitudes that should be adjusted. Groups that ought to work together for the common good. I guess it was the way I was raised. To right a wrong, speak up when there’s a reason to, and not to be bashful. This is not one of those months, though. Seems to me like “it’s all good.”

Here we are just off the 4th of July Holiday barbeques, libations, family, and celebrations. Back to school time is still more than a month off, maybe there’s a vacation planned, and I’m pretty sure the mosquito population is dwindling. Okay, that last one was just plain wishful thinking. The point is sometimes it is okay to relax a little and enjoy what we’ve got, to be present in the moment, and to relish our Midwest summertime. Even if next winter is mild, you know that come January and February we’ll be wishin’ for some of what we got right now. So, kick back and take pleasure in it while we can.
Literary types always have profound things to say on most subjects and summer is no exception. From The Great Gatsby, what some consider the greatest of American novels, F. Scott Fitzgerald writes, “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” Hmm . . . I think F. Scott got it right. Every summer is that way to some degree and this summer seems even more so. Maybe it’s because the economy is improving. Maybe it’s the usual summer opportunities of finding a new fitness routine or renewing an old one, discovering new ways of connecting with children or grandchildren with the extended daylight and summertime recreation activities, or maybe it’s the crickets and cicadas conducting their annual symphony that is unique to this season. There’s plenty to do and to soak in. And it can all be done at a leisurely summertime pace.
To summarize (or should it be ‘summer-ize’) this non-sermon let me just say, however you fulfill your summer here in America, whether it be with picnics, bicycle treks, festivals, a week at the lake, an outdoor concert, building a new deck, or reading a book at the beach, be safe and enjoy because “It’s All Good!”
Andy

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