If we were to imagine our annual orbit around the sun as like the Earth's breath, then today would be the fullness of the inhalation - when we are the greatest potential and extension, with our energy rising!
Summer is a lot of folks favorite season; I'm more of the 'down seasons' --- Autumn, Winter --- kinda guy, but I have a lot of sunshine-daydreaming summer-loving have-me-a-blast kind of friends, so I get it. And, I like cycles and repetition, so there is a comfort in the heat coming and then abating.
For most folks, Summer is about doing things: being active, sharing with friends, getting outside and being active, celebrating and playing - being expansive! We've made it through the dark nights of Winter, we've come through the deluges and changes of Spring, we've seen what's been planted begin to take hold, to grow, to become fecund and formed. It's a reassurance of life, of goodness, of the cycle coming to fullness. And, a time to celebrate.
You know me by now, love language and think that etymology teaches us more about the present than the actual words we use... Have you ever wondered where the word "Summer" came from? Turns out, through a lot of development, it comes down to us from the old Sanskrit base language - Proto-Indo-European. PIE is the acknowledged base for the overwhelming majority of language groups on the planet, and one of the reasons we see easy cognates in both Germanic and Romance languages.
So, Summer simply means 'halfway' - think of the great cognate that you already know and use - 'semi'. Half of something; in this case, half of the year. Reckoning a beginning at the WInter Solstice, when it seems that even the sun itself is born, and coming through the cycle until this point... halfway. Midsummers' Night; go ahead, have a dream and celebrate your "Puckyness".
Reckon it then, will you? We're halfway away from something and halfway to something - quite in the middle. In the height of the velocity or the bell curve, out of the rise on the plateau and perhaps headed for a long down slope. At the fullness of the Inhale, and on the way to the depth of the exhale - Winter Solstice.
Sure, the days get shorter, then the nights become predominant as it cools. The energy recedes in the down seasons, until in the depth of Winter, we find ourselves at the hearth, contained, introspective, reflective and thankful for all those 'acorns' we stocked away for later.
Celebrate the season, and celebrate being halfway to something or halfway away from something else. Recognize the cycles, the seasons, the changes as we watch energy ebb and flow, rise and fall. Enjoy - feel what you are doing and then do what you are feeling!!
Give thanks and praise!