June 21 and today is the official first day of Summer, our longest day of the year, and Father’s day…so much to celebrate! One day a week, I encourage rest rather than a workout. Frankly you can and should do some kind of exercise and movement everyday, but it is important to give the body a time to rest & recover and to mix up the types of activities we do. Take a rest from the “workout” but make today a day of fun movement: a walk, a swim, a romp, a boat ride, throw a frisbee, or play football, soccer, ultimate, basketball, go climbing, take a hike, or work your garden or your yard. Because it is Sunday and the longest day of the year, it is a good day for a long slow movement. If your dad is living and close by then maybe you can find an activity that involves moving and visiting, something like a long hike with your dad would be a great use of the day. If your dad isn’t close by, or maybe isn’t with us anymore, you might think of things he taught you to appreciate and integrate those activities into your day. If you are not close to your father you might think of other people who have provided fathering to you through your life. Father’s Day doesn’t seem quite as emotionally straining as Mother’s day, but still I find it weird how we can create a holiday and then find ways for that holiday to cause us stress rather than celebration. Today’s self care activity is to think of one thing, quality or value, that you are truly grateful for, and you know came to you from your father. My father taught me to love beauty, and to see and cherish all types of beauty, especially beauty of the natural world. Yesterday when the rain drops covered my blueberries and they seems like diamonds in the sunlight, I thought of my dad with joy and gratitude for having been trained to recognize such beauty. My father also taught me that if you have an eye for beauty you will see ugliness. He modeled a willingness to see the beauty and the ugliness of the world and respond accordingly.