Gratitude 21June17 Summer Solstice

summer solsticeToday is the longest day and shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. I believe it works out to be about 15 hours of sunlight.

It was interesting to note, as I researched for today’s blog, that the sun is sitting at its highest position in the sky. You would think with summertime heat; it would be the closest. Instead, it’s rays are vertical, and straight upon us. That explains my sunburn last week.

The summer solstice is known as the time of fertility, growth, and light. For farmers, some refer to this as midsummer. They have planted their crops and are patiently awaiting their harvest. Now is the time the sun warms the ground and nurtures the earth.

I think most of the time; we don’t think much about the sun. We go about our days, and we know when it is daylight or nighttime. A day without the sun? I can’t imagine. Even a rainy day I get through knowing the sun is just beyond the clouds.

This year we will get a taste of what that would be like when on August 21st, the sun will be eclipsed by the moon. As the sun disappears, the day will turn to twilight and the temperatures with drop rapidly. Space.com wrote that “On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.”

The word solstice means – “the sun stands still.” And in essence, it does at this time of year for our admiration.

Today I am thankful

  • Summer days that are content and easy.
  • Getting some work done.
  • At times re-evaluating your life strategy is necessary.

As we celebrate this glorious summer solstice day, we embrace the sun’s gift of sunshine and the heat it brings.

affectionately yours, Laura

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