Lance Scranton: Read, reflect and rebuild this summer
June 17, 2014
Based on the weather, it appears that summer is in full swing. Father's Day is behind us, Whittle the Wood had a spectacular turnout and orange-colored signs are appearing across town.
The signs help us to know about various improvement or repair projects and warn us to pay attention. It's always interesting to ride around town and see what projects the city and county are getting a handle on each summer.
Big and small projects alike, it is the ongoing process of maintaining a balance so that the ebb and flow of the city will continue.
Summer is a good time to do a couple of projects around the house, as well. One of the most important projects that requires maintenance: ourselves.
Two things I try to do each summer are reflecting and reading. Reflecting simply is thinking about what has happened and what is going to happen, at least as much as we can determine. Purposeful and formal reflection demands a little bit more and requires that we seriously consider what we have done this past year and where we want to be at this time next year. It's a good idea to write some things down and revisit them from time to time to help keep focused when life gets busy.
Reading is good for everyone! I always read more in the summer because I have a little more free time.
I definitely don't read as much as some but I do get through at least seven or eight books each summer. Most are related to teaching and coaching, but I always find time for books about spiritual matters and even a little fiction.
The latest book I read was passed along to me by an acquaintance and challenged me in many ways. You just never know where a good book is going to come from and how it's going to inform your reflection.
If you're just too busy to read and reflect, then I suspect you will be like many other things that require periodic maintenance — it seems unimportant at the time but later ends up costing you much more.
Invest in yourself this summer and perform some maintenance.