The New York Times has challenged its readers to an intentional summer. Every week, they’re offering a suggestion to set this summer apart from the rest of the year. The first challenge is to walk or bike somewhere that you’d normally drive, to make an ordinary trip a little more extraordinary.
I love this idea of an intentional summer and I’m glad that The New York Times has created a series of suggestions for how to make it happen. It’s like a mini happiness project that they’ve put together, saving us some of the work of planning. We just have to go out and reap the rewards!
One line in the article stood out to me, a quote from Gretchen Rubin (whom I talk about here): ‘“Life feels richer when some parts of it are different.” Routine days run together into a single memory, while special things stand out.’
Does that ring true to you? Life feels richer when some parts of it are different. With small kids, we’re pretty set in our routines, often doing our daily tasks the same way every day for ease and convenience. But maybe this summer we should shake it up a bit. We live about four miles outside of the nearest town, so we usually drive in. The kids love taking the bus, so maybe we’ll try to do that more and to drive less. And maybe Saturday morning we can bike to the local bakery for a little treat – who doesn’t love a Saturday morning treat?
What else can we do differently? Do you have any traditions or rituals that you use to set certain seasons, moments, or days apart? I’d love to hear.
Photo by Ryan McGuire