Jumpin' Joe, what a beginning to the month of June and the ending of the spring season. The temperatures have hit 90 on several occasions, and the air conditioners have already christened the birth of summer! All that and it's only June 8! Even those of us who prefer cooler temps have enjoyed the warmth and beauty heralded in with the weather. Gardens are flourishing, the smell of freshly cut grass and, as predicted last month, the kids fill the neighborhood with a youthful, carefree energy. Ahh, the "uncaging" from school brings a freedom nearly everyone can recall from their own growing up years. With the Indy 500 in our rearview mirror, we now can look toward the adventure-filled weeks of summer! Such a time to explore, try new things, and test our mobility with physical outdoor activities. The warmth of summer helps our "immobile" body of winter, and the newly stretched muscles of spring prepare us for the active, adventurous journey summer offers.
Our oldest national holiday for June is Father's Day on Sunday, June 18. The first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in the state of Washington; it officially became a national holiday in 1972. As was suggested last month with Mother's Day, we can thank our father's for our lives. Regardless of the relationship we have with our biological fathers, the truth is, they helped us become a resident of this beautiful planet. And, let us recall and remember those men that were in our lives and taught us what being a man was all about. Whether it was an Uncle, Grandfather, through remarriage, adoption, a teacher, coach, or mentor, we learned how to maneuver our way through those growing years from their presence in our life. Whether you were a daughter or son, that male figure shaped our belief about what a being a man was all about. When we mention Fathers each of us have uniquely different descriptors that come into our thoughts, memories and feelings that show up in our actions. As with our mothers, we all moved through our adult years rewinding those memories in order to become the parent to our children, or other significant children we encountered, that we may have been grateful for, or perhaps to change those hurtful memories and become the parent we wanted ours to be.
As in all relationships, forgiveness frees us to live life as WE choose it to be . . . without regret, bitterness, or sorrow. It does, however, take a great deal of work to reconstruct those habits we may have developed from our parents that we wish we could "re-do." Well, we can, it just takes determination and a great deal of observation of our thoughts, words and actions. When we use love as our base, anything and everything is possible. Many men know and display those heartfelt traits and qualities, while others may not express those feelings. Our task is to observe their actions and simply learn their "language!"
This Father's day, consider something you always wanted your father to do or say, and YOU do or say that to him! You might be surprised by his response. Who knows what might happen, if you get the horseshoes, corn hole boards, fishing gear, or schedule an outing to a baseball game (whether at Victory field, Cincinnati, Chicago, St. Louis, or via online streaming, ) and witness his reaction. Just gather a few of those items and meet him where he is! That is unconditional love!
Thursday, June 15, from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. the Deepening into Wisdom Circle will gather to share their hearts with other like-minded people. Last month we enjoyed an outdoor Gathering around a small fire. It was an absolutely heartfelt experience as the first fire of the season was lite. This month, Diana Ingemanson, will share one of her gifts with us, "An evening spiraling with trees!" Sound enchanting? Then join us and find out first hand! My hunch is, weather permitting, we will be outdoors again! Bring an open heart, friend, a cover for your lap, and a blanket to sit on. Out of respect for our ancestors, women are asked to wear a skirt or wrap a sarong around them while in ceremony. This circle is open to all open hearted human beings!
A gifting basket is present to return back what you have received.
Check our Events page for more offerings that may "tickle your fancy!"
And, of course, the Clan Mother, Storyteller, shares her gifts this month. Perhaps it's time for you to share a story or two that will help others move through life's journey. You will never until you become brave enough to share something you experienced and ways in which it helped you through your life. And, jokes are welcome!! Storyteller will assist you with learning how to "Speak the Truth." If you do not have the 13 Original Clan Mother book, by Jamie Sams, check out our very brief synopsis on our website.
That's all Folks! Have a joyous June! From my heart to yours, Vicky
Vicky Kelm Williams
I find people absolutely fascinating!