Marsha is the host of WQWWC
For Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge for the past weeks we have discussed topics that add to our well-being – nutrition, hope, faith, exercise. Starting this month we are going to switch to a new series of topics that are more seasonal. We start with summer.
First of all I must tell you that the meaning of summer differs widely in the Asian countries and that of Europe or the USA!
Summer for us means a long and very hot season, where we venture out only when we have to. In the school summer break, we usually head to the mountains in the north of the country or the coastal cities in the south. So, yes summer for us means an entirely different season than it is for those living in cooler regions.
Having set the mood, let’s see what summer is in the eyes of some of the famous writers;
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness”
This holds true for any season, anywhere in the world. Without the contrasting temperatures, we would never really appreciate what we have. The summer is the season of growth and greenery. If we never experienced winter, we wouldn’t appreciate the summer either.
“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter”
Henry David Thoreau
Here we are talking about the spirit of summer, the freedom from school when we are free to roam the blooming nature without being encumbered with heavy woolies! So maintaining that feeling of freedom in our hearts and minds all through the year is a way to keep on experiencing summer!
Again the feeling, the principal point of the summer experience is what we should try to maintain all through the year. Choose what is the thing we like best about summer and hold on to that feeling.
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance”
I love this beautiful quote from Yoko Ono. All seasons of the year and life have special significance. Being mindful of this and appreciating this change as it happens gives us great insight into life.
Another exceptional expression of what summer represents from Steinbeck! It’s such a beautiful way to describe summer.
Enjoy the summer, be careful about exposing yourself to too much of it. And for those of us in the equatorial regions, enjoy the coolness of air-conditioned rooms, mangoes, and melons.