A month forever filled with anticipation of new and beautiful things to come.
You’ve heard the phrase… “And what is so rare as a day in June?”
And it continues:
And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays;
Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten …
―James Russell Lowell
Though many of us have never… and most likely will not read the entire work, we are certainly familiar with the excerpt about rare days in June.
Webster defines “rare” as “marked by unusual quality, merit or appeal.”
I’m anticipating rare days this June.
I’m searching for moments in time, this June, that will forever live on in my memory.
Moments that are rare, have merit and appeal.
In June, we will celebrate summer and winter solstices, the U.S. will celebrate Flag Day, Father’s Day, National Trail Day… even National Flip Flop Day (can you believe that one?)
And in the U.K., they will celebrate, National Smile Month.
I love that one… so much so that recently we published an article on “5 Ways a Smile Can Change the World.”
June should be about smiles.
About rare moments.
About days that bring to mind, “What is so rare as a day in June?”
What constitutes a rare day?
Lowell gives us some ideas further in his work.
We are happy now because God wills it;
No matter how barren the past may have been,
‘Tis enough for us now that the leaves are green;
We sit in the warm shade and feel right well
How the sap creeps up and the blossoms swell;
We may shut our eyes but we cannot help knowing
That skies are clear and grass is growing;
The breeze comes whispering in our ear,
That dandelions are blossoming near,
That maize has sprouted, that streams are flowing,
That the river is bluer than the sky…
This month… find that rare day.
Perhaps it’s a simple evening when the stars shine brighter than you can remember. Perhaps it’s the bloom of a perfect rose. Perhaps it’s a moment in time when all your attention is focused on those you love… and it’s reciprocated.
Perhaps it’s a sunrise, a new found friend, the aroma of a perfectly baked pie cooling on your windowsill, or the happy laughter of your children echoing in the sunshine, or the creak of your favorite rocking chair.
Whatever it is… don’t let June pass you by without finding it… that rare day in June.
May the sun shine ever so brightly this weekend…
Hug your loved ones’ extra tight and–
Have a beautiful month!