even in the heat of the summer, one needs to find a shady spot of solitude. this sunny season is best known for bringing people outside to enjoy each other's company. beaches, picnics, games, reunions, yard sales, block parties--so many events where there are crowds.
and yet we still need to be alone. to reflect, meditate, daydream, write, paint, bake, nap. it is refreshment for the soul. silence can be peaceful, especailly after noises of crowds at an amusement park, the firework displays, roar of the ocean. time to find our "center."
you won't waste time if you spend time with yourself. the sun may be shining, the crowds beckoning and the water tempting, but keep a few minutes for you.