Dog Days

Hope Shack (7)It’s hot, extremely hot, and we don’t have air conditioning or a pool here at the farm.  So, we take shelter in the shade, the basement, or even at a friend’s house.  The key is to find that place that offers relief.

Our lives can sometimes be just like the Dog Days of Summer.  It can be hot, stressful and overwhelming.  If we are not careful we can be consumed by the heat.  What happens when the heat gets to be too much and we don’t find shelter?  You got it.  We have problems!

Too often we try to persist even when we are overwhelmed.  We push on and try to work through the heat.  When we push on we often become pushy; tempers get short, patience is non-existent and feelings get hurt.  As the days grow longer and hotter in the summer it is often a good idea do take a quick self-inventory.  Am I trying to do too many things?  Is my schedule so full that I don’t have time for the most important things, like family, friends and neighbors?  If it is, then it is time to seek shelter.

IMG_1253Just as we need to take shelter from the heat, we also need to take shelter from our busyness.  Set aside some time for a phone call to a far away friend, sit down and read a story to a child, visit an elderly person who can’t get out, or just have a nice glass of refreshing lemonade with a neighbor.  By taking time out, we refresh our souls, we cool our tempers and we lighten our load.

Don’t let the Dog Days get you down, learn to take a break and refresh just like our pet Yukon here.!

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