"These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after." ~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
Yes, we are in the dog days of summer! Do you know why it is called that? Well, to the ancient Greeks and Romans, the ‘dog days’ happened when Sirius, the ‘dog star’, appeared to rise just before the sun. They thought that the combination of Sirius and the Sun caused the midsummer sweltering heat. Traditionally, the ‘dog days of summer’ are the 40 days between July 3 and August 11.
Darren Hardy is a success mentor and I subscribe to his daily video and he just finished a 10-step plan to beat the ‘Dog Days of Summer.’ He tells us that productivity actually drops by 20% during these ‘dog days.’
I was thinking about how these ‘dog days of summer’ might affect us on a more personal level.
Lethargy. Hopelessness. Lost. Confusion.
In these ‘dog days’ it might feel like we are all alone. We might sometimes feel like Spirit (or the Universe) is missing in action. Things take longer than we anticipate and it’s harder for us to sustain our momentum, let alone our motivation. Dare I say it: it might feel like life is HARD.
We doubt our dreams, we doubt our actions, and we doubt ourselves. We are ready to just say “I’M OVER IT!”
What are we over?
What if the dog days of summer are here to remind us to slow down and reflect? I talk a lot about that during the winter when the days get shorter, but we need to pause and reflect more than once a year, right?
During these hot ‘dog days’ we need some refreshing – and I don’t mean a swim in the pool. The energy of pushing and straining and struggling can seem overwhelming and burdensome at this time of year.
Maybe we just need to let go of the struggle and allow.
Allow what? Allow grace and ease to assist us in making a decision and taking action. Allow ourselves to tune into our genius and actually hear the ideas that will help propel us to living more on purpose and in alignment with our true nature. Allow the long-buried and long-denied self-confidence and self-worth to make themselves known so we no longer have to push to prove ourselves. Allow ourselves to take a break from the over-responsibility energy that has sucked us dry. That’s just for starters.
We all need some balance. There is a time to push and drive and there is a time to step back and reflect. There’s a time for action and there’s a time for receiving. And I think these ‘dog days’ are about giving us permission to savor and enjoy for a bit. The ‘dog days of summer’ last 40 days, which I find very significant.
The number 40 means transition or change. It means renewal or a new beginning. It also means completion.
These ‘dog days’ are the perfect time to let go of old ideas or old behaviors that aren’t working, especially if it feels like struggle. It’s time to let go of the old and worn-out and embrace the new. It’s time to re-assess our direction and our priorities so that in the Fall, when we reap our harvest (so to speak), we are seeing the fruit and fulfillment of something chosen and created based on our inner reflection and higher awareness.
Are you with me? I may just make myself a margarita (or vodka martini?) and sip and savor and reflect and dream and enjoy and contemplate. And allow delight to replace struggle.
Will you join me?
Janet is an effective 'Belief Change Expert' who helps clients go from Overwhelm to Overjoyed, from Confusion to Clarity, and from Surviving to Thriving. Whether you want to grow your business or grow your self-esteem, Janet helps people believe in their own potential and transform their dreams into fulfilling, inspired, and prosperous realities. Janet can help you get the rapid results you are looking for.
Janet Kingsley is an effective 'Belief Change Expert' who helps clients transform frustration to focus, confusion to clarity, and self-doubt to self-confidence.