Summer is unofficially here. We just celebrated Memorial Day, students are wrapping up the school year, and the popular question of “What do you have planned for the summer?” is starting to fill the airwaves. Well, what do you have planned? Is it a summer goal? A family vacation? Home project? Because there seems to be an implied meaning behind the “summer plans” question and it causes us to feel like we have to have some elaborate, creative, jealous-provoking answer. We can’t say, “Nothing” or something not newsworthy. The Jones’ certainly wouldn’t like that answer. Or, can we? Is it not okay just to say, “I’m not going to do much.” We think that is just fine. Maybe summer is the perfect time to just slow down, exhale, and GET CALM. Doesn’t that sound nice? Just saying the word, “CALM” already has an effect on us. “CALM.” “CALM.” “CALM.” Can you feel it? We do, so we are going to take it down a notch this month. Let’s check in with ourselves and do an inventory on “things.” Let’s unplug for a second and maybe miss an email or Tweet or two. Maybe even set aside some time to read a good book or work on practicing patience. Hopefully this is already starting to sound like a great answer for you to share. You might even inspire others to follow your lead. Getting CALM matters.

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