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Friday, August 7, 2009

Living the Romantic Life in August

Remember the philosophy of Life as a Great Romance: Romance is for everyone. It is born in the mind which is open to experiencing beauty and love. A romantic person is one who recognizes and appreciates subtleties; encourages and admires creation; and chooses to be vulnerable without forfeiting strength or personhood.

You don't have to be in a romance to live a romantic life. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions for things you can do this month to feed the romantic in you:

1. Count the fireflies in your yard before they're all gone for the summer.

2. Attend an outdoor concert. Take along a furry friend on a leash, some sparkling water, and some strawberries. Oh, and maybe a bite of chocolate.

3. Speaking of furry friends, take an online assessment to determine whether or not you're ready for the responsibility of pet ownership. If you are, start visiting the shelters and rescues. Someone there wants to love you!

4. Read one of the classics before summer ends. My personal favorites are Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.

5. Memorize a poem.

6. Dig out some of your old vinyl record albums, sing at the top of your lungs and dance.

7. Shop for school supplies. Buy all you want and then, if you don't need them yourself, donate them.

8. Notice the smell of the mimosa trees.

9. Really savor some of the favorite flavors of summer: ice cream, melon, berries, home grown tomatoes, a snow cone.

10. Attend a baseball game.

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