Bringing Summer Inside

DesktopOne of the things I miss most about being a kid is the few weeks leading up to the last day of school. There’s a build up of excitement and energy you can’t get anywhere else.

Yesterday was the last day of school for the kids who have classes in our church building. The parking lot was so full of parents’ cars that I had to park on the other side of the church and walk. And today the halls are empty—the teachers are shuffling around their classrooms in their comfy clothes, eager to wrap up their work and start their own summer vacations.

But I don’t get that luxury. My vacation comes in the form of a few days off here and there throughout the year, many of them spent in the car, driving to and from Michigan where my family lives.

Most of my glorious, blue sky summer days are spent at a desk in a cubicle, with only a translucent skylight and sometimes—when the office across from me is empty—a borrowed window that won’t open to let the breeze flutter through.

Now, I don’t like heat. And I can’t sit in the sun for long. My body just can’t handle it. But I love to be outside. I love the clouds and the birds and the fresh green leaves that quiver in the breeze. So sitting inside all day feels like a waste. I know it’s not. I know the work I do is valuable and important. I just wish I could do it outside.

So I’m realizing I need to find ways to bring that end of the school year excitement with me as I sit down at my desk each day. I need to bring the summer goodness inside and use it to infuse my work with the new life and sunshine I enjoyed as I walked in from my car. Because I do like my job. And the work I do is important. And my cubicle is great, it’s a million times better than most offices I’ve seen. But just like anything else, it’s hard to see sometimes.

Not only do I need to bring the sunshine in, I need to bring in that hope, that anticipation, that excitement for the wide-open possibilities that come with the promise of summer. My day-to-day is full of that same exciting potential, but I have to find it. It’s not quite as obvious as an 80-degree day. But it’s there.