Happy summer! This is my favorite time of the year. As I write this, today has been an absolutely perfect day. Full sun, a light breeze - everything that speaks of summer. The flowers and trees are in full bloom, the grass hasn’t (yet) turned brown from lack of rain. Truly lovely. What I appreciate most about summer is the opportunity to be outdoors as much as possible. Even when it rains....
The other day I was returning from doing a number of errands and I was SO hot. As soon as I parked, a light rain began to fall. I stepped into the rain, the cool drops soothing my overheated skin, and appreciated the return to ease. It began to rain harder, and still I stayed outside. I continued to stand in the heavy rain, realizing this was the perfect opportunity for gratitude.
I remembered again how I feel like the luckiest person alive (as can you!). I have blessings too numerous to count - housing, food, employment, health, family, friends....the list is endless. Most importantly of all, I have the absolute privilege of living a life full of passion, following my heart’s desire each day. I am fulfilled by the work that I do, through psychological practice, teaching, and shamanic work. I wake up every day and have (so many) things to smile about - even when I don’t really want to get out of bed. I am living a life of purpose. My purpose. And it’s fantastic (although by no means perfect!).
Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of needs. There’s a good chance you remember this from school. The largest part, the bottom of the pyramid, represents our physiological needs - food, clothing, shelter. The highest point of the pyramid is self-actualization. “Self-actualization, according to Maslow, represents growth of an individual toward fulfillment of the highest needs; those for **meaning in life, in particular**” [(Oslow, 2013).](https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/theory-and-psychopathology/201308/the-theory-self-actualization)
I have meaning and purpose in my life, which makes the hard things just a little bit easier. You can too. Remember my motto: “Happiness is a choice. It’s work - but it’s a choice”.
So on this summer day (now a summer eve), I find myself thinking of **YOU**. Of your happiness, your passion, your meaning and purpose in life. If you want to be the luckiest person you know, if you are ready for a life of smiles (even in the midst of heartbreak), if you are ready to commit to a life of meaning and purpose - DO IT.
Find your passion. Act on it. Stand in the rain - even when it’s become cold and wet. Cherish your blessings and name them in gratitude as often as you can. Smile. And smile again, from your heart. LIVE your life - it’s the best feeling ever!