Summer solstice - a beautiful name for the most significant day in a plant's annual life cycle. We dubbed it 'first day of summer', but as the plant's clock ticks, it starts the awakening process the first day daylight increases. It exponentially increases until today. That's the time when the plant builds and produces and prepares for the crop. From today on every day will again exponentially decrease daylight hours. The process of storing, maturing, getting ready for dormancy, getting ready to survive that upcoming winter.
A cycle that humans used to live by - from now on until winter comes is the time to stow away and get ready for those gray cold days and nights when many days don't look different. New leaves will get old now, green fruit will get ripe. Roots will store nutrients and the productive hours will decrease. But it is all good news. We're halfway to Christmas. It is going to be a long beautiful day today - the longest one this year. With lots of opportunity to laugh, reflect and love.
A long day to say thanks for all the blessings. And if you slept half of it away, you will still have time to walk through the vineyard, toast with a glass of wine and know how blessed you are.
It's the longest day - make use of it - text somebody and tell them you love them or even better pick up the phone and call them to share some joy. Soak up some sun - those rays bring positive vibes. And lastly, most important, glorify the Maker of this beautiful day.